When it comes to weight loss blogging, I think that Lyn is unique.

It seems like so many blogs are like so many others. Health bloggers all mesh into one, fitness trainers like to yell, and even weight loss blogs are similar. Heck, even my blog, which I thought was so original for so long, is like others out there.

Lyn’s blog is not like any that I have read. She has blogged for years now, and each post shares her journey…good or bad.

Last week, she asked a question…..

What do you think… what do you *honestly* think… when you see a very obese mother with her very obese young child? What do you think? Do you make any assumptions? How do you feel towards the mother? Towards the child?

 

The question is not unique. I have been asked this question numerous times. I never have given an answer.

What was unique was where she said “what do you *honestly* think…”. See, we all think we know the answer, right. Maybe just afraid to say it in this crazy weight loss blogging world?

Or do we know?

Then her post ended with this…

I am looking for honest answers here, from everyone. There is no right or wrong answer, as I am only asking about what you, personally, think. You can leave your thoughts anonymously if you like.

This is why I love to read Lyn’s blog. Over 90 people responded. I did not.

Here is my answer……

I am looking for honest answers here, from everyone. There is no right or wrong answer, as I am only asking about what you, personally, think. You can leave your thoughts anonymously if you like.

Growing up, my parents were never over 200 pounds. In fact, no one in my family has been over 240 pounds….except for me. I am the one who had a food addiction.

We always had fruits and vegetables in the house. We had workout equipment. My mom wanted to go for walks and my dad played sports with me. Still, no one realized how much I ate.

I am looking for honest answers here, from everyone. There is no right or wrong answer, as I am only asking about what you, personally, think. You can leave your thoughts anonymously if you like.

My parents never took me to a buffet. In fact, I think buffets are gross. I get it, an overweight person can eat whatever they want for seven bucks. Yet, you pay for everyone looking at you. Everyone touching all of the food there. My food issues went farther that the normal person watching me eat. I would rather be tortured than to eat in a buffet.

I am looking for honest answers here, from everyone. There is no right or wrong answer, as I am only asking about what you, personally, think. You can leave your thoughts anonymously if you like.

I lost weight for the first time at 14 years old. There was no pressure from my family. There was no nudging or hidden comments from my parents. I realized at a young age that if I reverse my eating, then I could lose weight. 50 pounds in three months. This was before the internet. This was before weight loss apps on phones. My parents and I did not talk much about it. They were proud, but ould see struggles for many years to come.

I am looking for honest answers here, from everyone. There is no right or wrong answer, as I am only asking about what you, personally, think. You can leave your thoughts anonymously if you like.

My mom and I talk about diets once in a while. She asks me about the latest ones, and I try to give her my opinion. After so many years, dieting is a joke to me. Weight Watchers changes all the time, Jenny Craig is in a box. Atkins is still Atkins, and to say counting calories is a diet is like saying the way to extreme wealth is balancing your checkbook. I do not expect people to agree with me. After years of dieting, I am okay with being cynical.

I am looking for honest answers here, from everyone. There is no right or wrong answer, as I am only asking about what you, personally, think. You can leave your thoughts anonymously if you like.

My parents have nothing to do with my weight gain throughout the years. They tried. They helped me in a lot of ways. They helped me with my self esteem. The helped me with my self confidence. They showed me that anything is possible. For the last three years I have lived the life I should have for so long.

I am looking for honest answers here, from everyone. There is no right or wrong answer, as I am only asking about what you, personally, think. You can leave your thoughts anonymously if you like.

I do not think people are very honest. I think that the question asked is one where it could get a lot of backlash if you say the wrong thing. I also think that an anonymous answer is worthless on this.

But I thought of a different question. What do you think where you see a very fit mom with a overweight child? What do you think when you see a mom in all spandex yelling at her child for eating a Twinkie? Better yet, what do you think when you are working out next to a seven year old on an elliptical machine. Her mom is right next to her. Instead of playing outside, the child is working out? This is what I saw today.

I probably did not answer Lyn’s question at all. Obesity is a weird thing. You could always look at me and see my problems. Most people are able to keep their problems on the inside. Everyone has problems.

I do not think anything when I see overweight people. I do not think anything when I see skinny people.

I have enough to deal with.

I think about myself and my family. I think about the way I was brought up and the way I want to raise my son.

And I think I am well on my way to being a great parent.

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