I spent most of my childhood, teenagehood, and early adulthood with the labels “plump”, “fat”, “unworthy” and “disgusting” plastered all over me. When I was trying to decide on a topic for my July contribution to Solo Wandergirl, I was inspired to write precisely about that. The way I structured the post, I thought it would be appropriate to title it “Diary of a Fat Girl” - which, by the way, is meant to offend no one. I’m merely using “fat” in this context synonymously with the way I was labelled.
Obesity is a serious issue. Childhood obesity, even more so. Our children should be taught to fuel their bodies appropriately. They should be encouraged to move to improve fitness and strength. They should be properly educated on the basics of making good food choices and the components of a balanced diet. Yet, when I was a child, I was never taught “calories in versus calories out”, a fundamental concept bearing paramount importance in weight management.
In this “diary”, you’ll see me speak from my 10-year-old perspective, move along my teenage years and finally, enter adulthood.
I’d love to hear from you if:
- this article (or any of my other posts) touched your heart;
- you have experienced a similar situation or share the same thoughts;
- you feel like my writing encouraged you to make a change;
- you have some suggestions on future topics;
- you just want to say hi!
Because it’s always nice to get in touch with you – you, who lend me support from the other side of the screen. :)
P.S. In case you wonder about the rainbow donut featured in the article, that was actually a surprise I got for Ming a couple of weeks ago. Eat everything in moderation!