Wednesday, 5 August 2015

"You Should Eat Less," says Nurse

I thought I'd share something personal with you all this week. It kind of saddened me but also inspired me to keep thinking the way I do. My parents have brought me up to think that I am beautiful no matter what size or shape I am, and thanks to them I have always had that in mind. I've never been one to obsess over diets such as Weight Watchers, Slimming World or Herbalife and I never knew how obsessed people were with weight until I was around 15-18 years old. To this day, it still shocks me how people are obsessed with losing weight, even when they look great the way they are! As a pre-teen I struggled with bullying because of my weight and early puberty. I can remember being in year eight and boys in my class teasing me asking if I was pregnant... I can also remember begging my parents to let me stay at home so I didn't have to face these bullies the next day. It's sad how much of an impact memories like this have on, not only myself, but plenty of other people in the world. As I'm sure, I'm not alone in having an experience like that.

By the time I was 13/14 years old, most of my weight shifted by itself. I certainly never stopped eating, nor did I increase my exercise. I've never been a sporty girl (just putting that out there). Leaving school and going into college, I found that the same boys who bullied me when I was younger, now wanted invites to my house parties and, most importantly, my number... That would never happen. Being 17, I decided to be positive about myself, and like my last blog post, I decided to be self appreciative. As your body's natural shape is genetic at the end of the day; there's only so much a diet and workout routine can do (in my eyes).

Three years on and I still believe in having a positive mind. Don't get me wrong, I do have bad days, but most of the time I like to focus on the good. The reason of this post wasn't to share my bullying experience, it was more down to what was said to me two weeks ago by a so-called professional.

As a responsible woman, I had an appointment with the nurse to discuss a repeat prescription of the pill. Go me, right?! Controlling my fertility! The nurse asks if she can take my weight as it hasn't been taken since 2013... Two. Years. Ago. I stepped onto the scale, she told me my BMI was healthy and I sat back down. Now this is where I lost respect for the fellow woman sat in front on me:

"You've put on weight since 2013. You need to eat less."

I laughed in shock at what had actually just come out of her mouth. It didn't sink in properly until I got home and I told my mother (who threatened to go tell the nurse where to shove it lol). Being someone who has a positive mind set, to be told to eat less by a professional, I was disheartened. The nurse had previously said that she dealt with mostly young girls when we were talking in the consultation room and I thought, is she telling these girls the same thing?? Some girls I know are size 8-10, think they're not good enough and are drinking Slim-Fast! milkshakes... Which is bizarre in itself, but what if this woman had told someone in that mindset, "you need to eat less." Some people would completely crumble if it was said to them.

I was and still am shocked at what was said to me. I know I'm not the slimmest but I'm definitely not overweight either. I think it's disgusting what I was told. Young people need to realise to love themselves, no matter what they look like. People who say things like this to you are usually jealous (of your age, your confidence, your looks, personality... Anything)! Don't let it get to you, you're amazing the way you are!

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  1. This is a really sad post :( I hate how little things people say without really meaning anything just make your world feel like it's caving in. I feel the same way you do! It's silly comments that knock people, but LOVE YOURSELF. XXXX

    1. People really do need to think before they speak! YES! Spread the love! xx

  2. That is awful! She was definitely having a bad day. Stay positive :) xx

  3. I feel like I've just read my life growing up! I was exactly the same, had weight on me through primary school and got bullied, ran away, got SUSPENDED, and what punishment did the bullies get? None...

    As I grew I lost it too, then had the same experience in college AND I was also told by a nurse when getting a repeat prescription for the pill that I needed to "keep and eye on what I was eating" because my BMI had gone up by 2.

    Makes you wonder what these professionals do say to young girls, but also to people who genuinely struggle with their weight, it's outrageous!

    I have the same mindset as you :), i'm comfortable how I am and I do have bad days, but hey ho, size 10-12 isn't the be-all and end-all of life! :D

    Really enjoyed this post and sorry for the slight essay 😂
    Natalie xx
    Big Society Girl


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