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I read an article earlier about how blogger Brooke Birmingham's “after” bikini photo was rejected by SHAPE magazine because, after a stunning 172lb weight loss, she has large amounts of excess skin. The magazine insisted that she put a shirt on to be featured.
My inner masochist led to me the comments section, where the haterade was flowing freely. Leaving the full names, because that’s what can happen when you put your opinions on the internet:
It’s not “flab.” It’s excess skin. Skin cannot regain lost elasticity. This happens when a person loses a lot of weight, depending on their genetics.
This commenter, who obviously didn’t read the whole article, is missing the fact that Brooke has her own blog, where she proudly shows off her body. Brooke wrote a blog post about her experience with Shape, which is how this got attention. She ultimately decided that she didn’t need media attention from a magazine that was going to hide her body. What else can she do that is more constructive than having her own media outlet for herself? Or do you just like reminding fat, or previously fat people that it’s their fault for ever getting that way? Also, George, I’m sorry to hear that you’ve never done anything newsworthy enough to be in a magazine. Maybe you should start a blog!
This is my least favorite form of hatery. The “I am not willing to do this work myself, so I’m going to find ways to feel better than the people that are willing to do the work” hater. I would tell this hater not to feel too bad about not being able to put down the waffles. Sugar is addictive!
I’m writing about this because I think it’s important to share this side of weight loss. It’s not all glossy after photos and everyone around you cheering you on. It’s a lot more of, “Can’t you have just a little bit?” “Do you have to work out EVERYDAY?” “How much more are you going to lose? Aren’t going a little crazy with this stuff?” “Stop losing so much weight. You’re making me feel bad!” “I WISH I had your motivation!” (as if a magical motivation fairy is why I’m losing weight, and not my discipline) “Are you STILL on a diet?”
Getting healthy is hard work. This is why the bigger focus needs to be on health goals, and not weight or size related goals. Someone that wants to get healthier to help manage a disease, for example, will have more resiliency against this kind of hate than someone that wants to be a size six for no particular reason (other than they think they might feel better about themselves if they are a size six).
Hate on, haters! I’m going to keep doing my thing, sagging skin and all. Not sorry if it offends you.