On “being the chubby friend”

For as long as I can remember, I have been bigger than the majority of my friends. A few years ago, I was a size 8/10 and I still felt bigger than all my friends then. A lot of people I know like to call me ‘curvy’ but I don’t feel ‘curvy.’ I feel chubby. I gained weight while I was at uni due to the nightlife and comfort eating when things got a little stressful. I also got into a new relationship in my second year and it’s a well-known fact that you gain weight in a relationship.

I’m now a size 12-14 in most retail stores and sometimes, this makes me feel embarrassed and ashamed. It’s frustrating because I know I shouldn’t be. And these sizes are not even fat. I wouldn’t look at a girl my size and think she was overweight. But when I look at myself and grab my stomach, I feel disgusting. Most of my friends are size 8/10 and they all look incredible. I hate feeling like I’m the only one who has let myself go.

I’ve always had serious confidence issues. All the way through school, even when I was my slimmest, it still wasn’t good enough. In my first year of uni, I came across a girl and due to her own and fair reasons, she took a disliking to me. I accepted that and kept living my life. She didn’t. She came into my place of work on my first ever shift and called me a ‘fat cow.’ I think about that moment every day. It didn’t stop there though, it continued online. She published tweets referring me to ‘Shamu the killer whale’ and ‘Bear in the big blue house’ and various other insults regarding my weight. Her comments have literally destroyed me.

I used to go into my lectures and leave half way through because I felt like everyone was looking at me and thinking I was morbidly obese. I used to feel awkward eating in front of people because I felt like they were thinking “surely she doesn’t need that?” I used to cry in my bedroom into my pillow at every little thing she said. She body shamed me. She body shamed me so hard. This was a LONG time ago. I barely think about her anymore, she’s history to me. However, I do think about the comments she made and how they affected me.

And now, I’m even bigger than I was then. It’s hard to take photos with my friends sometimes because I usually feel like “the fat one on the end” but this needs to stop. I can’t go on like this. I’m determined to love myself no matter what. Granted, I will put some effort in to exercise and eat healthier but also, accepting myself is all part of the process. I’m going to work hard to love the way I look and focus on physically helping my body too so I can wear pretty dresses without feeling like a sack of potatoes.

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  1. February 1, 2018 / 10:00 PM

    That girl is disgusting, what a horrible human being! Aren’t you supposed to be an adult when you go to uni? Cos she could’ve done with growing the fuck up.

    You’re beautiful. Every one is beautiful. No one is beautiful in the same way. Comparison should do one because you can’t compare yourself to someone else because they’re not you. No matter what we look like, there will always be something we’re unhappy with and there will always be something someone else is envious of. You do you girl and rock it!

    Steph x

    • amylt
      February 1, 2018 / 10:01 PM

      Aw! What a lovely comment. Thanks SO much Steph! Xx

  2. February 8, 2018 / 7:04 PM

    Wow some people are horrible!

    I’ve just written a post to my 21 year old self and tell her to stop worrying about what other people think!

    I’m a size 12-14, I’m not fat, I’m not obese and neither are you. Don’t ever compare yourself to others because you’re beautiful and amazing in your own right. If anyone says otherwise omit them from your life! (More advice I gave to myself)

    Note all the things you like about yourself and focus on them, be grateful for them.

    We’re all fricking amazing and that includes you! X

    • amylt
      February 8, 2018 / 10:01 PM

      Awww that’s the loveliest comment! And I love the idea of writing down things because sometimes I have good days and I wish I appreciated those more! Thanks so much again! Xx

  3. March 19, 2018 / 11:49 PM

    Wow, that person that came into your workplace on your very first day is more than rude! It sucks when people’s comments from the past make you hate the way you think, but for it to reappear when you consider yourself grown and moving into a new career is simply pathetic. Rise your head up high and remember that she’s nothing compared to you, and obviously her jealously has prevailed over common sense because she can’t stand you achieving anything!

    I know the feeling of being the chubby friend, though. It’s something I experienced all throughout school. I was also taller, so I felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb, even though I was only between sizes 8-12 throughout my time at school and definitely not overweight. My friends would reassure me otherwise, but then go on about their own weight issues, and I was so insecure because of years worth of bullying that I never could escape that I couldn’t hack it. It was really my own problem, but I hated it. It’s only since getting into college and surrounding myself with friends that are around the same size as I am (we’re all between 12-16 and buy different sizes depending on the clothing) that I’ve learned to embrace who I am, and have started loving my body for what it provides me with, not just what it looks like.

    I hope you’re eventually to find friends in a similar boat as the one I was lucky enough to find myself in, or come to love yourself that those insecurities created by purely pathetic individuals disappears enough for you to become confident regardless of the environmental influences. You go, girl! Rock your bod, cause trust me, it’s something to show off.

    Rebekah | https://rebekahgillian.co.uk

    • amylt
      March 20, 2018 / 10:44 AM

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Rebekah! I’m so sorry you’ve had to go through bullying and feeling insecure, it really is the nastiest feeling in the world when you don’t see yourself how others see you. I’m so happy that you found yourself and you’re embracing your body because that’s my goal! I’m definitely working on it. Some days are harder than others but I’m determined to feel more confident in my skin.

      People can be so horrible – fact. I also need to learn not to listen to others and keep telling myself that these people are bored or insecure themselves and simply feel sorry for them.

      Thanks again for your kind comment! x x x

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