Thursday, May 31, 2012
Gee, that's reassuring...not
Here's why I think there is some truth to that study not so much with strangers but more with people you've known for a long time. I have a friend who when she saw old pics of us after we lost our first 100 lbs said even though she saw us at our heaviest, she never saw us as that big so seeing the pictures was shocking to her. Several people have said that...almost like a reverse effect of "I knew you were big but not THAT big." Then to go along more with the study I have a friend who had weight loss surgery 9 years ago and it has literally taken me this long to not gasp at her gaunt face when I see her. I don't see her often face to face but see plenty of pics and still it would take me aback to see her from the waist up when she'd come over. So I know that picture of being or seeing someone overweight stays in the brain for a long time.
I have to say it got me thinking. There will (hopefully) come a time where we're no longer overweight and when meeting new people I often wonder how will they react if they're at our home and see pictures from our wedding on the wall or the picture I plan to put in a frame that says "never forget" of our before and maintenance. Would that change their opinions of us? There's this part of me that is afraid to see into the mind of the 'average' person because if they're completely uncensored because they don't know our history and say something about a heavy person, I'm not keeping quiet. I will not tolerate someone saying something about an obese person in jest because I never want to forget what it was to walk in those shoes and I don't want to be around people who would treat another person that way. This study along with the fat hate we experienced back in coach on the trip really makes me wonder if this transition is going to be harder than I anticipated. I know, I'm getting deep...like a well. I like things that make me think and/or prepare myself for other things I might not have thought of.
Do you agree with the study? Do you think women who have always been thin are usually more attractive than those the same weight but have lost a significant amount of weight?
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