Growing Up As A Chubby Kid And Body Image Problems

Growing up as a Chubby Child and body Image:
Chubby Kid – Growing up as a chubby child had profound effects on my self esteem and my feeling of self-worth. I was consistently regarded as that kept his “baby fat.” Therefore, I ‘d always prevent taking my top off in public, even while swimming. Clothing that included springy was my clothing of choice. My parents always protected me from the brutal reality that I really needed to lose some weight. My family members, despite being “health food fanatics”, would be considered fat by the current standards. I recall being told by my parents which our family only has a glandular problem, and there is nothing we can do about our weight. I bought into this justification “hook, line and sinker.” I was simply predisposed to be heavy; it was in my genes.
In Elementary school, I was approved along with my excessive weight because there were specific games where hefty children have the edge. In childhood games such as red rover, tackle football, and dodge ball, heavy weight was an evident advantage. Through the process of deciding teams, I was always among the first to be picked. In other games such as tag, baseball, and “hide and seek” it proved to be a disadvantage. I was never a quick runner, agile athlete, nor a graceful gymnast. I used ton’t care about girls, as they were infected with “cooties” and were to be averted as if they had some incurable disorder. I used ton’t feel bad about myself, as I performed adequately in some of the conventional boy-hood games. The simple truth was that I excelled at some games and not at others. I did shine in the academic sphere and was consequently accepted by my peers in these early years.
Body Image Issues & Growing Up as a Chubby Child
In middle school, the recognition of gender attraction, the onset of puberty, male dominance and gender-based competition shattered any self esteem which I held. My first year in middle school, the rules changed, and girls was cured of the dreaded “cooties.” The boys or “guys” as we referred to ourselves now, wanted to be noticed by girls. We desired to hold their hands, we needed to kiss them, or if we were truly amazing, reach the proverbial “first base.” The guys were now in competition with each other for the gals’ attention. New words had entered our vocabulary; words like zits, klutz, and pubes. My first year in middle school, as a chubby child, didn’t go well at all for me. I was the brunt of many jokes, and the girls wouldn’t be seen talking to me. I was as unpopular as a zit and seen with exactly the same contempt. I became somewhat of a loner, as I figured nobody could hurt me if I did not enable anyone to get close to me. I started to seek refuge in the comfort of my over protective family, which only made my appraisal even more crucial. My self esteem and my feeling of self worth ended up in the toilet. My chubby self started to turn to “comfort food” for consolation, which of course just made my situation worse.
It was at this time in my life when Anna altered my prognosis. My two older sisters in high school would not be done with school until that Friday. My mom and dad both happened to be working, and I was to left home alone. Being at home without supervision, I was not allowed to go out, but the notion of having someone over hadn’t crossed my parents’ minds. That Monday morning, I’d decided to sunbathe and get a jump on my suntan, also hoping that the sunlight would help clear my complexion. I was enjoying the sunshine when the doorbell rang. Wrap a towel around me, I answered the door, and there stood Anna. Anna being a year younger than I, we usually chose other friends. She explained that all the neighborhood kids were either away on vacation, or had began summer school. She asked if I needed to come outside and ride bikes or something. Educating her that I couldn’t go out and play, she asked what I was doing. She asked if she could join me, and we headed out to the backyard. We sat down on the blanket I ‘d spread out before, and Anna asked why I was not removing my towel. I explained that I was self conscious about being big-boned and was embarrassed to take it off facing her. Anna’s physique was the exact reverse of mine; she was as thin as a rail, with no curves whatsoever. Anna loathed the fact that she hadn’t started to develop, but had resigned herself to the fact that she did not care what other folks thought.
I came to understand through Anna that we both had our own body issues. In reality, most everyone would like to change some part of their bodies. We spent the entire week together, each day meeting at my house. decided that we did not care what others thought anymore. We had freed ourselves from the burden of their judgment. We realized that many people attempt to feel better about themselves by criticizing others. If anyone had a problem with our bodies, they possessed that problem, not us. By the end of that week, I could face my devil that my weight was not due to some unexpected glandular problem and recognize my shortcoming. I ‘ve fought all of my life to control my weight, but never have I fought to control how I feel about my body.
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