Does Being Overweight Change Who You Are? Some People Would Say Yes

By Charlie DeWitts

It turns out the bullying does have a negative effect on people. Despite the obvious statement, these formerly overweight people talk about how their weight essentially defined them. In a way, I didn’t realize how easy I had it as a skinny guy. Sure, I worry about my weight sometimes, but never like these guys did or still do to this day. Plus, I never had the negative stigma that obesity can bring. The question is, what do we do about it?


  1. Colbert says:

    This is so true. I was the fat kid in school and I remember being so self-conscious about things. The guy telling the story about the white t-shirt and the swimming pool hit really close to home for me. I am by no means the fat kid anymore, but I still remember the comments to this day.

  2. Wripped says:

    I remember watching fat kids get bullied in school and I stepped in to help a couple times. I felt sorry for them because I know they had it rough, even though I was an athletic guy. I just don’t understand what possesses some kids to be so cruel.

  3. Dermott says:

    Bullying does so much damage, whether it is because of weight or acne or sexual preference. Kids can be so very cruel and it is such a hard thing to police. The answer has to lie in educating kids on human behavior, and to start them young!

  4. Synclair says:

    Good on you for stepping in. Intellectually I understand that bullies have self confidence issues, but society in general doesn’t really police fat-shaming the way it should. Being heavy is still often understood as a sign of a weak person with no self control.

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