Kate Moss, Rihanna, Heidi Klum, Wanda Sykes, and me.
This list barely scratches the surface of people who have been the subject of ridicule surrounding their body size.
As recently as a few days ago, I wouldn’t have cared about this issue at all. That all changed on Friday when I went to the doctor for a routine physical. Everything seemed to be going fine; my EKG was great, my lung test was fantastic, and I absolutely crushed the urine test. I was just getting ready to leave the office when my doctor made the comment that changed my life forever.
“Everything looks good Mike,” he said while walking towards the door, “Just try to lose 10 pounds.”
What. The. Fuck. Did. He. Just. Say?
Lose 10 pounds? Are you kidding me? I know how this works doc: You tell me to lose 10 pounds, and then the next time I come in, it’s another 10 pounds. It’s never enough for you or your industry. You tell me “Everything is fine,” and then I come in and all of a sudden you tell me people can’t relate to me anymore at the size that I am, and that I’m an eyesore to your office employees.
I finally get that scene in Knocked Up where Katherine Heigl’s character has to hide her pregnancy from her employers in order to keep her job working at some entertainment channel. The way all women and I are treated when it comes to our weight and body size is disgusting and I will not stand for it anymore.
Whether it’s in the media, or in the doctors office, it’s time for people to stop criticizing us for the size of our bodies.