So what would I like you to take away from this story? There are a couple. Firstly, if you see someone who is obese do not assume that person is lazy and just can’t be bothered to exercise. You don’t know what that person is going through, or has been through in the past. At this point, I want to shout out companies like Simply Be
who sell clothes for larger girls and ladies under their #WeAreCurves. Even if someone is on a weight loss journey, or is, in fact, not ready to take that step yet, they are far more encouraged to lose the weight if they can feel good about themselves as they currently look. The other critical point is that young people now are still going through everything they did when we were young but with the added pressure of the existence of social media, on the one hand, this brings support right to their phone if they reach out for it but also, more critically it brings judgement. Once again at this point, I want to show some gratitude for the work that is done by the Heads Together Campaign
. If organisations like this had existed when I was younger, I might be writing a different post about how Fibro changed my ability to exercise, or maybe I would never have developed Fibromyalgia. But then I also may not have met Michael, so I have no regrets, but I do very much hope that the current young girls of today will not be writing stories like this in the future.