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40 lbs I was a chubby child It learned early that the extra pounds I carried not only made me physically standout from my peers they also socially alienated me from them Because I was fat I was the last one picked to square dance in the fourth grade and because I was fat I was teased and called pregnant by the country folks from the small town to which my family moved Because I was fat I became anorexic Luckily I recovered Today I weigh an extra 40 lbs heavier than when I graduated high school however now Im clinically obese The health problems I caused myself as an anorexic and the emotional stress I put on my loved ones are the only things that stop me from going back to my anorexic ways Its no wonder I constantly feel the pressure to go back to hardly eating and obsessive exercise I am constantly being given the message that as an overweight person Im not good enough or theres something wrong with me I also know what it is like to be thin and the advantages it carries It is an up hill battle to be happy and successful as an overweight person The roadblocks are everywhere for the overweight I cant even walk into the average store to buy clothing because the average clothing store stops at either size 13 or 14 and I wear a size 16 Though most studies suggest that the average sized American woman is between a size 12 and 18 the images we are bombarded with by the media are all between a size 0 and a size 6 Actresses in Hollywood like Kate Winslet of Titanic and Iris are called fat when they become a size 8 The well known plus size model Emme is not even truly plus-sized This complete lack of representation in the media leads the overweight naturally to come to the
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