Today I was going to post another blog about my dieting and how life has changed during my hiatus, but after seeing a newscast from this last week, I changed my mind to something that is, in my personal opinion, significantly more important; bullying and how it affects self-image and quality of life.
You may be wondering “How is Bullying related to weight loss?” Well, if you’ve ever been, or have seen “The Fat Kid” at school, then you know exactly how much bullying can relate to weight loss. Kids become bulimic, anorexic, depressed and worse all because of their weight and the perceptions (and extroverted opinions) of bullies.
The last week, a high school student took their own life by hanging themselves in their bedroom. His name was Derrick, and he was 16 years old. He didn’t leave a note, he wasn’t causing problems, but his mom was able to know the cause of his depression and suicide, he was a victim of bullying, because of his weight.
“Kids made fun of Kester’s weight and told him he was worthless.”
We are more than a number on a scale, and as adults, we can realize that. However, as a teenager, dealing with social norms, bullying and a myriad of other issues, adding weight on top of it is akin to Atlas holding the world on his shoulders.
Weight gain is not the only epidemic we are facing as a country, bullying has increased dramatically in the last ten years, resulting in horrific events such as Columbine and other countless, needless deaths.
If you are struggling with your weight, and struggling with your sense of who you are, remember this. You ARE more than a number on a scale. Yes, some of us need to lose more weight than others to be considered healthy, but there is NOTHING more unhealthy than death. So long as you are alive, you can CHANGE what is happening to you, you can CREATE your future, it isn’t written yet. Once the final curtain is pulled however, that’s it, the end is the end and there’s no turning back. Make it through the day, just the day, then tomorrow focus on then, not now, not a week from now.
“You might not think anyone is going to do it (suicide), but everybody is very capable of it. There are no warning signs, because I thought we had it under control. But, that wasn’t it,” – Tabatha Welsh, mother of Derrick Kester
If you feel like there’s no one who will listen to you and that you need someone who can relate, you can send me a comment through here and I’ll be happy to correspond via e-mail. You can also contact 1-800-SUICIDE or through a website. You ARE someone worth knowing, and someone worth fighting for, even if that fight may be against yourself or against faceless bullies. Those bullies will grow into people, either still bullies or human beings ashamed of what they did in the past. You can grow into something more.
With this somber post, I leave you with a video by Shinedown, titled appropriately: “Bully”