Bullied in High School for Being Overweight
I wasn’t very popular in high school. I had a few close friends, rarely a girlfriend, and I was constantly picked on by other students for being overweight.
High school sucked.
I spent Friday and Saturday nights during my high school years alone in front of a computer. The internet was just starting to get popular and I’d stay up until 2 AM in the morning downloading music (remember Napster?) and playing popular PC games like Counter-Strike. It was my way to escape reality.
Come Monday morning, my stomach would be in knots as I anticipated going to school that day. I knew which classes during the day I’d be subjected to the most bullying. I knew who would be doing the bullying. I knew how I’d be bullied.
I just couldn’t think of a practical, non-violent way to stop it.
While certainly not everyone overweight and obese lacks confidence, many do, and I certainly did. It is a major “side effect” of being overweight. I didn’t want to attract even more attention to myself (and my weight), so I’d usually just stay quiet (and turn bright red) when the bullying started. Sometimes that made the bullying stop. And sometimes that made it much, much worse.
Only when my four years of high school ended did the bullying come to an end.
If you’re being bullied, just know that it’s temporary. Being constantly bullied is a terrible feeling, but not one you’ll have to endure forever. There are few things in this life that are permanent and being forced to endure mean comments from idiots is certainly not one of them. Keep things in perspective.
You’ll get through your bullying, just as I did, and come out on top.