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ubergirl
07-20-2010, 07:25 PM
I was posting on another thread about how I think the reasons why we think we got fat have a big influence on how we think about trying to help our kids avoid getting fat.

I have the impression that there are two basically different sorts of fat people, although, of course, nobody is every really one type or another.

But, in general, which type do you think you are?

Type One: I was normal weight or on the bigger side as a child/teenager. It was a very big deal for me. I tried to diet to lose the weight and the more I dieted the worse things got. I think I am fat because I had a negative self-image as a young person and I ended up with a messed up relationship with food and my body.

Type Two: I have always felt pretty good about myself, but I really didn't eat the right things. In my family we always eat a lot/eat junk/eat high calorie foods. I just kept eating that way until I got fat. I think I am fat because I did not really learn how to eat properly and/or incorporate exercise into my life.

And, along with this: My biggest obstacle to losing weight is:

1. overcoming my complicated relationship with food/learning not to binge/emotional eat...

or

2. Unlearning how to eat all the high calorie stuff I love and learning to eat in a completely different way.


Shmead
07-20-2010, 07:44 PM
I typed four different posts and erased them all. The weird love triangle between me, my mother, and food is so f--ked up I can't even describe it. I'm not fat because of anything my parents did, but there's no doubt that food and weight are all tangled up in that relationship.

dragonwoman64
07-20-2010, 07:57 PM
here comes the dragon to screw up the categories! heh heh well, sort of....

I was a fat kid and very fat teen. I didn't diet until late in high school when I lost 100 lbs on weight watchers. My family had a habit of eating too much, but not necessarily/really junk or fast foods.

I had a bad self image and low self esteem in part due to my weight (was unusual at the time I was a kid to see heavier children) and the social stigma.

my biggest obstacles to losing weight would be 1 AND 2, but I'd say by far 1 (comfort and stress eating, I enjoy eating veggies, fruits, many healthy lower cal foods, I'm not a picky eater)

being a heavy kid and very heavy teen I really had to learn what it meant to exercise and be active after I became adult. and I had to learn to overcome negative feelings surrounding exercise (embarrassment, feeling like I couldn't do it, etc.)


Les
07-20-2010, 08:00 PM
I am in a stable relationship now, but yes mom issues as well all my live long. Self worth issues defiantly, was heavy as a kid as well and tried diet after diet, but you all know how that ends :)

ThicknPretty
07-20-2010, 08:05 PM
I typed my response before I realized that this was in the 100 lb club...hope you ladies don't mind....

I am definitely Type One and my biggest obstacle is by far overcoming emotional eating. I still haven't managed that. I've always been consumed with my weight and appearance and in the midst of trying to lose weight or fix it. This is my first somewhat successful attempt...

Good thread idea...please don't throw rotten fruit at me...

Trazey34
07-20-2010, 08:07 PM
Definitely a #2 here :) Everyone in my family eats like starving wolverines LOL but exercise a lot -- but not me, I always hated sweating, yuck LOL I just figured I should be able to eat what I want and be thin -- crazy business! Even at my heaviest, I had very high self-esteem and didn't tie my value as a human being to how big my a$$ was, that's a recipe for disaster in my humble opinion.

Vladadog
07-20-2010, 08:12 PM
I'm one of the starving wolverine type 2s... although I think i've got both the complications covered in spades.

girlonfire
07-20-2010, 08:16 PM
I think I'm a type 1... I have always hated my body and I've been trying to lose weight since I was 8 years old(8! 12 out of my 20 years have been spent obsessing over weight). My relationship with food and body image is definitely screwed up.

Hehe Trazey I thought for a second your ticker said "104" and I was like "WHOA. For 5'8"????????? and then I saw that it was in fact 184. You had me worried!!!

Athenacapella
07-20-2010, 08:16 PM
I am mostly Type 1, but No. 2 also contributed big time.

My mom didn't, or rarely, cooked home-made meals. When she did, it was meat, potatoes and corn. Veggies were always frozen or canned. They were always soggy, so I rarely ate them. (I only discovered a couple of years ago that you can cook FRESH veggies only SLIGHTLY so they aren't mushy.)

Whatever she made was overcooked because she has this weird fear of food poisoning. I didn't even eat steak until several years ago because every time I had it, it was tough, dry and chewy because it was well-well-well-done.

We ate frozen meals, frozen pizza or fast food nearly every night. There was plenty of junk food in the house if I had a bad day to pig out on. And the more I ate of it when I was 10, 11, 12, etc., the more she bought.

Mom's obese, Dad's overweight and brother's overweight.

To this day, I have a very difficult time not reverting to unhealthy eating habits and binging in that house.

Lori259
07-20-2010, 08:21 PM
I was raised on total junk food~my Mother bought nothing but Junk Food(cookies,cakes,pies,Anything sweet ~we had it everywhere ~so she didn't have to cook but once a day~LAZINESS~) Anyways I brought that into my home ~although I cooked more than her~So I totally blame it on her for being taught to eat wrong as a child~we all have stress~We all have stress relievers But ~I blame it all on being taught wrong to eat ~forr me personally~I am hoping I changed that for my kids quick enough~cause the pounds have dropped off them too~we now have healthy snacks in our home~Or limits on a few so so ones~The rest of my family (I grew up wth My 4 brothers & sister are still Morbidly obese & so out there children basically & so was I & so is my mother still to this day & My father was when he passed away ~he was overweight.) I decided to change ~I hope my kids keep these new habits I have placed on them for the last 19 & 1/2 months!



(& yes I had to eat the sweets or go hungry basically~I SWEAR! My mom was a nurse & I think she was a hoarder of sweets! She had them everywhere always ~it looked like a bakery there always~Still does.) She did usually cook once a day But We ate thousands of calories a day in sweets.)

For those brought up eating healthy & eat bad now~I think u got to try new things when u got out on your own & Loved them ~the bad for you high calorie items & let them take u over~Mine though was totally a time I can say I blame my mother.

Hope that made since~I have dial up so not checking for mistakes~Ignore typing errors Please~

Edited to add:~So # 2 Is my answer but Only because there was no other food choices in my home(blaming My mother cause she was the grocery shopper.~Can that be a choice # 3?LOL) ~Cause when I was a kid I ran outside all day long cause my parents liked us to play outdoors so I got plenty of exercise ~Plus I was the oldest daughter & had to do every chore daily in the home I grew up in so exercise was no issue.~Just to many calories was being consumed.

toastedsmoke
07-20-2010, 08:42 PM
I'm not really either type, but if I had to pick I'd probably say type 2. I can honestly say that I've never been normal weight one day in my life ok maybe the day I was born. However, I had the most awesome parents and the best self-esteem until I was maybe about 18. One of my earliest memories is being 3 years old and my 5-yr old brother putting my mom's copy of Jane Fonda's New Workout into the video every afternoon for me so that kids at my preschool would stop calling me fat. And I don't know what happened after a while, I felt sooooo loved by my parents that I didn't really care I was fat. People teased me and made comments but it didn't really bother me so they were forced to get over it. I was popular, did really well at school, was involved in lots of activities and ate pretty healthy food (we didn't really have junk or soda or fast food at our house, just lots of food in general) just in absurd quantities and preferred quieter pursuits like devouring book after book (so was pretty sedentary). So confident was I that after high school, I went to a prep school in a small town in Switzerland for a year where not only was I the only black person in the whole town, I was by farrrrr the fattest person in the town, my school included (grannies and pregnant women included), and I still wasn't self-conscious.

My horrible relationship with food upon reflection, is actually pretty self-engineered. I decided I'd gained sooooo much weight off Hot Pockets in freshman year of college, I was having a tough time with some of my courses so became even more sedentary studying, stopped sleeping properly, had some general depression and some other serious health issues that had been misdiagnosed as PCOS, and I just ate and ate more than ever before. And the more I ate, the fatter I became, the more depressed I became. Anyway, by the time I sorted out all my issues, and re-stabilized, I was left with a horrible attitude to food, particularly how it "comforted" me during my difficult times. I mean obviously I've always had overeating issues but it's hard to link them to my parents.

Edit:
I've re-thought my last sentence. I sucked my thumb furiously from birth and according to my mom, so dedicated a thumbsucker I was, that I didn't like to take my thumb out of my mouth long enough to eat a full meal. So she used to get wider teats for my bottles (apparently didn't have the patience either for breast milk) and basically pour the food down my throat so I finished it pretty quickly, and could go back to sucking my thumb. And till today, I'm a vacuum, I eat pretty quickly. So maybe I got used to doing that as a baby and that has carried over to my adult life. I dunno...

kaplods
07-20-2010, 09:40 PM
I think there are far more "types" of overweight people. I think there are dozens, if not hundreds of factors that contribute to weight gain, and also that there are just as many factors that contribute finding success with weight loss and maintenance.

I think that's why it's so hard to find a diet plan that works equally well for everyone. Eventually, there may come a day when we have a diagnostic tool that can identify the factors (ideally before they result in obesity) and predict which types of diet/exercise therapy will be the most effective.

I've been dieting since I was 5 years old, and although I learned early on that fat people were supposed to hate themselves, I never did a very good job of it. I was a chatterbox who made friends easily. I didn't really understand why I was supposed to hate myself, I just knew that I was. In high school I got the closest to feeling as bad about my weight as I was supposed to. Ironically given prescription amphetemines, I was at my lowest weight ever by junior year.

I was well-adjusted and I didn't eat horribly (quality-wise). Most of the time I ate very healthfully by the standards of "common wisdom."

In hindsight, I think my primary issue was a sensitivity to carbohydrates. The answer seems obvious, a low-carbohydrate diet, but I never learned the answer because I didn't understand the problem. I thought low-carb diets were bad (and my few attempts at them, seemed to prove it), so I never gave them a serious attempt.

I thought I had a binge-eating disorder, but I've since learned two very high physiological components. Hormones (birth control helped tremendously in reducing the ravenous hunger I experienced around TOM) and a low-carb diet (binge eating disappears when I'm eating under 100g of carbohydrates per day and reappears with a vengence if I eat much more than that).

Ironically, I didn't learn about the benefits of birth control until I was almost 30. I had avoided using birth control pills because I was warned that they usually caused weight gain, and I wanted no part of that. It was only when my pms symptoms were so severe that I was missing work, that I was desperate enough to give bc pills a chance.

I spent decades looking for the psychological components to my obesity - and also decades studying weight loss methods and nutrition. I think I even chose psychology as my field (bachelor's and master's degrees) because I hoped to figure myself out. But I was looking for the answer in the wrong place. My issues were physical, and the diet I would eventually find the most successful, was one considered "unhealthy" by virtually all of the nutrition "experts."

I did everything "right" and still failed, because my problems weren't what everyone was telling me they were. I had the right answers for someone else's situation, not my own. I didn't even know what mine where, or how to fix them, because no one was talking about those issues at the time. Most of the experts were also categorizing people into the two types mentioned in the original post. Obesity was either a mental health (especially self esteem) issue or a dietary issue (choosing an unhealthy diet out of ignorance, habit, or poverty).

If your peg didn't fit those holes, you were crammed into one anyway.

I'm not a stupid person, and yet I can't believe I didn't consider low-carb earlier. I trusted the mainstream "experts" too much and when I was told "low-carb is unhealthy and unsustainable," I believed it. For almost 40 years I believed it.

Even then I can't credit my own ingenuity and determination in finding an unconventional answer. Instead, it was not one, but two different doctor's recommendations, and a lot of study of low-carb and low-grain diets that convinced me. I needed to understand why I was choosing a diet that I'd always been taught was so unhealthy.

I had to unlearn almost everything I thought I knew about weight loss. I had to be willing to accept that my problems might be physiological, and that my solutions would also have to be.

Every time someone mentions genetics or physiology as a possible contributor to obesity, there's a loud hue and cry in response - accusing the person of giving obese people an "excuse to stay fat."


I never looked for a physiological reason, and so I never looked for a physiological solution. It wasn't until I started hearing more and reading/understanding about physiological factors, that I considered them a possible source of information/solutions for me.

If only I had considered the physiological factors at 12 or 14, instead of at 41.

The opportunity was there, but not the insight. Although I began reading adult diet books at age 8, and had even tried Atkins by age 14, I didn't make the connection. Atkins worked great, for weight loss, but it made me sick, to the point I was passing out. Sure seemed to prove the diet was dangerous (what I didn't know is that raising my carb level just a bit would have fixed that problem and would have allowed me to lose weight well).

Diet and exercise advice still tends to be fairly extreme advice. As a result, it's very easy for people to try methods that are extreme - and when they don't work well, the logical choice is not "try something less extreme," it's "if extreme didn't work, I need even more extreme."

But the body fights crash dieting. You can hold your breath only so long, before your body will make you breathe. And you can only crash diet/starve yourself for so long, before your body makes eating irresistable.

But even when I knew crash dieting was the wrong approach, the desire, the NEED for quick weight loss over-rode my common sense.

I still can't entirely say why, except that it's just the way dieting is done in this culture, and I'm not much of a nonconformist, when it really boils down to it. I can think outside of the box, but not too far out of the box. I tend to believe that the majority opinion is usually the right one, and it took me most of my life to realize that my weight loss was any different. If the experts said it was because of poor self-esteem, I must have poor self-esteem. I just must not know that I have poor self-esteem.

Try to convince yourself that you're not crazy, when everyone is telling you that you are.

Weight loss is a matter of trial and error, and I think sometimes the largest factor in lack of success is trying the same experiment over and over, and looking for it to succeed where it has always failed before. And largely because we're told success is a matter of "willpower," which means we don't have to find a different way, we just have to want success more. As a result, people find themselves repeating the same failed experiment far more than they need to. Instead of finding a better way, they try to put more effort into the way that didn't work last time, and very likely isn't going to work any better this or next time either.

Ok, rant over.

time2lose
07-20-2010, 09:41 PM
I am type 1. My mother was always commenting on people's body size. When I was about 10 she said that me and my sister were too big to wear shorts or swimming suits. That was the same time I quit going outside to play. We would have been so much better off if she put us in the shorts and sent us out to play.

The sad part is that I really was not fat. Looking at pictures of me as a child, I wonder why she thought I was fat. I remember when I was 18, my boyfriend had a boat and like to go skiing. I would not wear a bathing suit so I just rode in the boat. I missed out on so much. I weighed 118 to 120. Not fat by any stretch of the imagination. I remember hitting 125 and thinking that I was so huge that I might as well give up.

I saw myself as fat so I became fat. I really did not see a difference in 125 and 200 pounds.

PS - I also really liked chips, candy, and Coke too!

2bee1
07-20-2010, 09:57 PM
I am a type I and a mix between 1&2. I have always had a poor body image. In high school I weighted @145 and thought I was fat. I guess it had something to do with not have "twiggy" thighs.

Lyn2007
07-20-2010, 10:29 PM
I dunno, I was a normal weight, ate junk food but not a lot of it, but after I lost by baby I went nuts and started eating whole loaves of bread for comfort, out of the blue, and gained some weight, to like 165 pounds.

I was ok for awhile, started doing a lot of baking for the family and eating too much of those things and got to 200... but when I got divorced I went insane and ate everything I could find, which was mostly donuts from the food bank. 245. Then 278.

I think I learned in there, somehow, to binge when stressed. That's what got me fat.

Trazey34
07-20-2010, 10:49 PM
Hehe Trazey I thought for a second your ticker said "104" and I was like "WHOA. For 5'8"????????? and then I saw that it was in fact 184. You had me worried!!!

ha now that WOULD be a bad idea hahaha I'd disappear!!!

ps i haven't changed my ticky in a while, down to 175 now woooot feeling like a supermodel lol

Rosinante
07-21-2010, 02:38 AM
I'm type #1 with a dash of Shmead! - my mother-food-me triangle is extremely weird!

asharksrevenge
07-21-2010, 03:47 AM
I don't fit neatly into either one of those categories, but labeling myself doesn't really work for me anymore anyway.

I have had a love affair with food. My grandmother, mother and three of my four sisters were/are overweight, most of them obese. My mother wasn't a good cook and though my father was always health conscious (he used to read Arnold's bodybuilding magazines and put wheat germ on his ice cream!), we ate rather poorly. As a lower-middle class family, we ate out a lot, and what we ate at home was not nutritious. Macaroni and cheese out of the box, hot dogs, cooked-to-death pork chops, that sort of thing. But I loved food. I don't like cooking it or even watching it being prepared, but I love food. I just love it. I love the way I think it makes me feel, when in fact I can feel those things with or without food. I am an emotional eater, as was my mother and grandmother.

I was a chunky girl and a chunky teen, but I never considered dieting. I can count the number of times I've dieted on one hand, and my highest weight was 296. I've always hated my body. I don't remember a time when I liked the way I looked, and I was constantly self-conscious. Sex was (and still is) horrible because I feel so horrible and I have had unsuccessful romantic relationships that stem from my low self-esteem and -worth. Though some of these issues run deeper than my issues with food, they are all tied together in one dysfunctional mess.

Now, as I am actually doing what I dreamed I might have the courage to do at some point, I am discovering what it is like to try to untangle nearly 30 years of humiliation, hatred and resentment of my own body. It's not easy, but this is the first time I've attempted to actually go through this process, and I'm excited to discover how well I can get to know myself during this journey. Food was more than a comfort to me. It was a gateway to a numbed life. I didn't want to live that way anymore, and now I don't. I look forward to sorting most of this mess out and moving on with what I imagine will be a very interesting rest of my life!

So, that's my take on food. The end! :)

Rosinante
07-21-2010, 04:09 AM
p.s. Ubergirl - you have no right to post this thread - you are NOT FAT! :)

Rochester
07-21-2010, 06:58 AM
I'm definitely in the Type 2 category for the why.

My dad is a farmer and my mom cooks like a farmer's wife. Dinner is always a huge meal - meat, potatoes, noodles, bread, salad, vegetables, frutis, dessert. Relatively healthy stuff, but there is always plenty of it! And mom always has a bag of chips on the counter and a freezer full of ice cream. And planning family get-togethers and parties always revolve around food, and on the day of the event, there is always so much food that we just graze and eat all day long.

It's really no wonder that I started gaining weight as a child and slowly gained over the years as I continued to eat like this. My parents' house is still the most difficult place in the world for me to go to, foodwise.

And exercise? Growing up I was taught that you don't exercise, you work. To this day, my father insists that if I would just do some hard work at the farm, I wouldn't need to go to the gym. Believe me, if that were true, I would have been skinny until I was 18 and moved out on my own!

My obstacle to losing weight is a combination of 1 and 2. I've had to relearn a lot about food, nutrition, meal planning, etc. But I also have a lot of emotional issues with food that I'm still figuring out.

JayEll
07-21-2010, 06:59 AM
I don't really "belong" here either, but I wanted to add that at least for some folks who had 50 pounds to lose (me), there is another category.

I was a thin kid and a normal-sized teen/young adult. In my family, we didn't eat "junk food" a lot because frankly, it wasn't around that much. This was prior to 1980, and if you read THE END OF OVEREATING, you'll see that the big problems with fast food/junk food didn't start until around then.

I began to gain weight in my mid-20s, mostly from drinking a lot of beer every night. Went on WW and lost 30 pounds.

From then on it was a long, slow drift into overweight, then obesity.

I gained weight because I had a mostly sedentary job and sedentary life. Getting exercise was a sporadic thing, even when it was available. Oh, and I did love good food and had the money to eat well whenever I wanted. I wasn't a binge eater. Also, I was ageing, and metabolism does slow down.

Every year my weight was drifting upward, and it happened so slowly it was easy to ignore. One day at just below 200 pounds, I couldn't ignore it any more.

And that's what type I am. :)

Jay

ubergirl
07-21-2010, 10:40 AM
p.s. Ubergirl - you have no right to post this thread - you are NOT FAT! :)

Lol Rosinante. I will always be FAT, I'm just in remission right now.

Glory87
07-21-2010, 10:55 AM
I don't fit neatly into either of those 2 types. But mostly a type one, I guess

Why was I heavy?

I was a latchkey kid starting when I was 10. I was so bored, I would eat and watch TV, eat and read a book. When I'm bored, I want to eat to be entertained. This started my issues.

I was a chunky teenager (not fat, but not super stick slim like so many of my highschool friends). I dieted myself to 200 lbs by age 35, lose weight, regain MORE, repeat.

I thought that if I cut some calories and lost some weight, I could cut MORE calories and lose more weight. I was great at being GUNG HO with weight loss, if other people worked hard, I would work HARDER. This led to binges, feeling out of control, feeling like a loser and giving up.

I didn't know I was sensitive to carbs. Heck, the food chart said that carbs were the most important part of the pyramid! For me, when I eat certain foods (chips, crackers, cold cereal, cookies, white rice) I want more and more and more. When I dieted in the past, I ate a lot of pasta, rice, low fat Teddy graham cookies. The foods I know NOW are my kryptonite.


So, why am I thin now?

1. I have strategies to tackle boredom eating. I eat on a schedule (which might be too regimented for some people, but works for me). I plan plenty of healthy snacks for my afternoon "snacky time." Some people struggle with after dinner overeating, I am never hungry after dinner, it's the afternoon that is my tough time.

2. I practice healthy eating - whole foods, lots of vegetables. I want to be healthy, not just thin. I avoid most processed foods, fast food, sugary soda.

3. I avoid/limit foods that make me feel like I can't stop eating them.

4. I stay accountable. Food planning, food journaling, posting here.

NiteNicole
07-21-2010, 11:27 AM
Type One: I was normal weight or on the bigger side as a child/teenager. It was a very big deal for me. I tried to diet to lose the weight and the more I dieted the worse things got. I think I am fat because I had a negative self-image as a young person and I ended up with a messed up relationship with food and my body.

I fit so neatly into this category it's not even funny.

Terre
07-21-2010, 11:32 AM
I am type 1 & 2
My mom was skinny and my sister was a size 0 and my dad was skinny and I was fat. So Moom always called me fat. I was 135 at the highest in school. When I got married at 16 I was 130 and a size 8/10 and I was FAT to them. I look back and can say I was NOT Fat. Just thicker than they were....WERE!!! My dad passed away. But my Mom and sister are both bigger than me now. And I have to say I laugh when I see them now.

But I have always loved chips and crunchy salty stuff. I have just learned to not eat it.

Eliana
07-21-2010, 12:35 PM
I have no idea how I got to be fat. It certainly had nothing to do with my parents. I definitely remember my mom sitting me down and telling me I didn't need to eat dessert every night, but that's all, and that's pretty normal.

My problem was simply education, which is really embarrassing to admit because I consider myself a well educated person, and in the medical field no less! I did not understand calories in vs. calories out and I certainly didn't understand that weight loss is 80% diet and only 20% exercise. I did not understand that the scale is a poor reflection of my progress no matter how many times I'd been told that. And most of all, I didn't have the patience to see any program though. I certainly have always had the desire, the drive, the will power and the determination to succeed. I was lacking education.

The weight did not sneak up on me and I never accepted it. I tried to accept it because I thought I had to...but I never managed it.

audrina
07-21-2010, 12:50 PM
I don't think I'm fat because, I know why I'm fat and it has nothing to do with the categories or my upbringing.

When I was younger I was experiencing a good amount of sexual trauma, and when it happened, I was thin and beautiful. That's what I attributed to what was happening to me, and I thought that if I gained weight, I would become unattractive and it would stop.

That changed into eating my anxiety. Every time I felt anxious or out of control I would stuff my face, and it was ok because the attention that I desperately was trying to avoid - I wasn't getting, so I felt comfort in my isolation.

I was fat because I was miserable, and I ate all my misery.

ETA: The biggest obstacle for me has been learning how to deal with my anxiety and depression without using food as a crutch. It's hard to accept the attention I'm getting now that I'm getting thinner so resisting the urge to just go stuff my face gets harder and harder.

In my heart I know this is more than what I want, it's what I need to be happy.

Sunshinenmysoul
07-21-2010, 01:57 PM
I'm a little of both but if I had to pick I'd be type 2 with a negative self image and type 2 on my relationship with food. It's mostly been that I've been too lazy.

There was a time I was eating out for EVERY meal. I mean that. Jack in the Box for breakfast, Taco Bell for lunch, McDonald's for dinner. It's so pathetic. I got to the point that I didn't care and would know it was bad and would just eat. I was too lazy to get my a$$ up and go to the gym or work out. It's completely my fault.

However, I did grow up in my grandmother's house and kitchen and ate nachos, fried burritos, pancakes and bacon every morning for breakfast, summer sausage, candy bars, Dairy Queen steak finger baskets. I mean...it's ridiculous now that I think back on it. I know they loved me and wanted to give and get me whatever I wanted...but now I'm starting to realize that as a kid I didn't know better and was eating what they put in front of me and they could have made a little better choices on what they were feeding me.

doingmybest
07-21-2010, 07:22 PM
I was always big - and I remember being called fat from the time I was about 3 or 4 years old. My mother prepared healthy food but clearly the quantities were too much. I was also active but because I was fat, I was not allowed to eat what other kids were eating - potato chips, peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese . . . .

When I was 9 years old, my mother put me on a strict liquid diet called Metrecal and gave me diet pills (which didn't work) - she always was completely disgusted with all 3 of her children, who were all overweight. The kids at school teased me constantly to the point that I was suicidal at 11. I was always so ashamed growing up.

My MIL never misses an opportunity to make comments but every time I start to lose weight, she pushes fattening food at me. (Thank goodness my DH is sweet and wonderful).

As you can imagine, food, fat and mothers are complicated issues for me. My body image and self esteem have not been good - but I am working on all of that.

LitChick
07-21-2010, 11:22 PM
In general, I am/was #1 in both instances, definitely.

dcapulet
07-21-2010, 11:46 PM
I'm neither 1 or 2.

My distorted relationship with food started because my parents were very poor, and would buy the things they liked and then eat them right away. We would go through food in the first week, and have nothing left for the rest of the month. I started eating all I could because if I left the house in the morning, the food would be gone in the afternoon. I became afraid that if I didn't eat what we had, I would not be able to eat.