I am not small, never have been. I am not obese, more like tall-ish, heavily muscled with a protective layer of fat. I probably will never fit into anything from Express or Hollister without a hunger strike or a famine. My size 11 feet will never fit into shoes you can grab off the display. The only shopping worse for me than bathing suit shopping is unsuccessful bathing suit shopping. But I have to remember that there are many things I can do handily, because I am big and strong.
I can push my car when I run out of gas.
I can still carry my daughter when she falls asleep in the car.
I can easily lug a bag of feed.
No jar can thwart my attempts at opening!
When the beamline computer desk needed adjusting, I leg-pressed it.
Changing tires is not a problem.
Crowds of people seem to part for me.
I can always handle all of the luggage that I regret taking..
Upon writing this list, I start to wonder, why does society treat bigger people so crappily? I am pretty sure that 100 years ago, a farmer would have been thrilled to have me as a daughter. Yes, we have an obesity crisis today, but not all bigger people are created equal. Just because I am not average sized, I receive a lot of unsolicited weight-loss advice. My mother was never very helpful , when I was a kid, because she would go from shrieking “take a smaller portion!!!” at dinner to making cupcakes or cookies, and offering me one, while not wanting to drive me to the barn/ pool, etc. In my adult life, I was told “You really should exercize more,” by my OB-GYN, as she sat on her wheeled chair, glaring at my stats and a BMI chart. “But I ride almost every day,” I mentioned, before getting cut off. “Riding horses isn’t exercise!” she retorted. I would love to see her face if she was riding Cal or the grey mare! “Oh that sweat rolling off isn’t from exercise!”
If the judgments were limited to parents and doctors, that would be ok, but it’s not. People have a lot of stereotypes associated with size. I am apparently lazy, unmotivated, dumb, poor, tasteless, unsophisticated, unworldly with a menial job! People get very confused when I tell them that I am a scientist. Go figure!