5 people with chronic conditions have opened up about how fat-shaming negatively affects them. They share how they have been negatively impacted by their choice to be “thin” during pregnancy. They share how they used to be extremely thin and now they are extremely overweight. And they share how they have turned to diet and exercise in an effort to reverse the effects that they have had on their bodies. This article will help you determine if being self-conscious about your body shape is truly a symptom of a chronic condition or is it something that can be reversed.
The first person who discussed how her chronic condition affected her was Lisa. She shared that her inability to gain weight during pregnancy was a direct result of how she was treated by her family and friends. Lisa said that her mother would constantly comment on what she ate and how she looked. She would not let her children play with her dolls because she believed that they were eating too much sugar. She felt that the criticism toward her made her feel like she was incomplete and that she was disgusting to her kids and herself.
Another woman, Lisa, described how her eating disorder began as a teen. She had a love for junk food and fast food during her younger years but over the years this changed. She gained more weight and was extremely skinny as a result. She now weighs around 180 pounds but has hope that with the help she is getting and the support she is getting she can overcome her chronic condition.
Jennifer, who is a single mother, found herself struggling with the effects of her obesity on her relationship. She found that when her children asked her to go shopping with them, she was unable to go because she was ashamed of her size. Instead of allowing her children to suffer Jennifer would eat whatever she wanted and would not allow her kids to go with her. Her relationship was slowly deteriorating until one day Jennifer’s husband decided to take a leave of absence and Jennifer suddenly felt whole again. After going through a similar situation a few years ago, Jennifer realized that the way she was viewing herself and her body made it hard for her to love and accept others.
Finally, Crystal, a young lady, opened up about how her love of cooking and baking made her suffer through years of eating disorders. At the age of nine Crystal suffered from anorexia nervosa and eventually developed bulimia. She described how she hated her body so much that she wished she could die. When Crystal finally found some comfort and strength, she was determined to get healthy again. It took a while for Crystal to find the right advice and programs, but once she did she made a tremendous improvement in her condition and body image.
There are many other examples of people who love their lives and eat healthily but still suffer from a serious self-esteem issue because of the shape or size of their bodies. Crystal, like so many other people who have found hope through the help of a coach, nutritionist, or doctor now shows others the courage and determination it takes to reach a healthier level of health. One such woman, Jasmine, shows others how she used positive reinforcement, dieting, exercise, and loving oneself to conquer her weight problem. Jasmine’s story provides the example of overcoming weight stigma in a personal and inspirational way. Through the help of a professional trainer, Jasmine was able to lose over 100 pounds and love herself again.
Jennifer was a young woman who had developed an eating disorder. It took a bit of counseling for her to realize that she needed help and that she was suffering from a chronic condition that would affect her entire life. But thanks to a tremendous amount of support and inspiration, Jennifer slowly began to love herself again and be in control of her life once again.
Of course, each of these people with chronic conditions has their own unique reasons for losing or controlling their weight. Jennifer’s greatest motivation was the need to love herself again after years of struggling with her weight. Jasmine found that her self-esteem had been severely damaged by her self-consciousness and thoughts that she was fat. And Phoebe finally found hope with the diagnosis of her fibromyalgia condition and the subsequent treatment. But these women show that weight loss and control can be achieved despite a chronic condition.