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My entire childhood I was a chubby kid. But just like anyone else, I wanted to look good. To get girls to like me or just so I could make some friends. But I wasn’t that motivated to change till last year.
It all happened during gym class, our class went to get our height and weight measured. When I stepped on the scale, I almost died inside from the shock. 227,6 pounds. I instantly thought there must be an error or maybe they used a different weight system. When I got home, I confirmed the reading...sure enough it was the same. Literally my weight was insane. When I looked at the mirror, I felt disgusted and sort of pulled my shirt down in an attempt to look the best I could. This was my “light bulb” moment I knew I had to change.
After this I had found my motivation and started exercising during the summer. I started to diet, I was doing great for a moment there, but when I got back to school being teased by other kids demotivated me. I remember during class one kid started ranting about my size. He said things like "Hey, Fat ass" or "Lose some weight, fatty". I was almost at the point of punching him, but I just turned back and said “SHUT UP! I’M NOT THAT FAT. I’M JUST CHUBBY!”. The thing is, I find comfort in food. That is one of my worst weaknesses. So, whenever I’m stressed or teased, I start craving junk food. And suddenly, I was back where I had begun.
Maybe it would be easier to resist it if it wasn’t around, but my mom keeps bringing junk food home. I tell her, "Can You please stop bringing home junk food? At least hide it?" But she doesn’t listen. That stresses me out and I get candy cravings because of this. And even when I try to change, she doesn’t say a word or compliment me. I mean, she cares for me and all, but she says nothing and isn’t even proud of me!
It is hard to be different than the others, especially when you don’t have enough support from your family, or you’re being teased all the time. But I understand now that my main enemy is my mind. I absolutely want to change, but my mind is like a person of its own and tries to demotivate me. I just want to look good. Handsome. I want girls or guys to come up to me and say “Hey, Ethan!” I hope I can break free from this cycle and will finally be happy with the way I look.
Animated by Meinart Animation Studio
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