Dealing with Weight Stigma
I am Nicole McKercher from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I’m thirty-seven, and my
lipedema history: I didn’t really find out until I was in college that I had it, but I always
was a chubby child. Always struggled with my weight, started diets, Weight Watchers,
probably around twelve years old. Did lots of every kind of fad there was. Just couldn’t
lose, as I became a teenager was really thin up top and really thick elephant legs, as my
mom and I would call it. So struggling to always get long dresses and black pants,
always trying to cover up the lower half. Diets just never seemed to work.
Finally my sister got married, and I really focused on losing weight. Then I was very slim
on the top, and very heavy on the bottom. And even my boyfriend at the time was like,
“It’s like you have a deformity.” He wasn’t trying to be mean. Some people thought he
was a little bit mean. But it was like two different people in one body.
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