(I really appreciate your blog! I am not very overweight, but I still get judgment for it all the time, so I can only imagine what reality is like for other people. Ugh.)
I’m a 21-year-old woman and have somewhat struggled with my weight since hitting puberty (I was a 14/16 US in ninth grade). I’m not obese, but I’m tall and big-boned with slightly odd body proportions, making my current 10/12 size look bigger than it really is, though I’m really only a few pounds over my max healthy weight.
Anyway, I was diagnosed in the summer of 2012 with Crohn’s disease, a serious digestive disease that affects the way my body digests food and absorbs nutrients. Many patients lose massive amounts of weight because they literally cannot digest food. The way I cope with the debilitating pain and diarrhea is by overeating between flares – my body’s way of trying to make up for malnutrition while I can handle eating solid food. In other words, I look healthier than I really am.
After my diagnosis, I had a major flare that lasted the second half of the fall of 2012, and I was very sick.
However, when I went to see my gastroenterologist in December 2012 for a follow-up appointment, the intake nurse (his medical assistant) took my weight and then CONGRATULATED me for losing 10 pounds!
She is a specialist in gastrointestinal diseases! She of all people should know that such rapid weight loss in a Crohn’s patient is a sign of serious complications!
I still struggle with guilt because I have Crohn’s disease and yet am still overweight.
(PS: She was not exactly thin herself, either!)