Mr. Backwards Compliment

Mr. Backwards Compliment

“If you just lost a little weight, you could be a model.” A man came into my place of business and said this to me. I would say, in his defense, that he is one of those socially awkward people, you can just tell, and maybe he didn’t know better. Maybe he thought he was complimenting me. But to me it was one of those backwards compliments, like a slap in the face that stings for days. I am overweight for my height, I can admit that. I’m only 5 feet tall so any extra weight looks like a lot. I also struggled with eating disorders for years, so these things really get in my head and float around there indefinitely. I am working on myself, on how I process things, how I see myself, how to eat right and exercise and maintain a healthy weight without thinking of...

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