OK, there’s the picture, now b-r-e-a-t-h-e.
Hey, girlfriend may only be able to fit sideways through the same doorway many of us walk through with ease. And she may have to do a quick exit from the ladies room before others’ realize she was the one who cracked the toilet seat. But dammit, 33-year-old Sarah Massey from Chicago says she will no longer live in shame of her body. So deal with it!
In fact, as the pictures show, this girl appears to be in love.
“Everyday I get some kind of comment thrown at me, both good and bad – I used to be ashamed but now I hold my head high,” says Massey, who receives $1231 in disability benefit each month as a result of having limited mobility, according to Daily Mail.
She claims her condition is hereditary (though she only says the women in her family have large hips, but offers no medical condition); and that there is “nothing” she can do about it. Massey also says she was teased at school.
“I went through a stage of worrying what people think, but now I want to show the world I am proud to be me.”
As for dating, Sarah admits to attracting men 10 and even 20 years older than her. She says men her age are only interested in skinnier women.
But everyone has their goals as 2014 marches in, and Sarah plans to take steps to tackle her mobility issues with workout sessions to help her lose weight.
‘Although I love my butt I would like to make it just a little bit smaller,’ she confessed. ‘The size that it is causes back problems- even sitting down on a chair can be painful.’
‘If I can inspire others to embrace their curves and be proud big, beautiful women, I would be very happy.’
As you know, extra pounds can increase your risk of serious heath issues. According to HelpGuide.Org these health issues include the nation’s leading causes of death—heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain cancers—as well as less common ailments such as gout and gallstones.
According to the Obesity Society:
Carrying extra body weight and body fat go hand and hand with the development of type 2 diabetes. People who are overweight are at much greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than normal weight individuals. Being overweight puts added pressure on the body’s ability to properly control blood sugar using insulin and therefore makes it much more likely for you to develop diabetes. Almost 90% of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight.
The video below shows Massey talks about the difficulties she endures because of her weight; and her two sons chime in, telling us the kids call her things like, “big booty, Judy.” Truly no laughing matter.
I am proud that Sarah appears to have gotten serious about her issue. That she does not allow the stares, smirks and negative comments stop her from making the change that’s necessary to give herself a chance at longer life. While one can understand you must “love yourself first” and the “If you can’t beat it, flaunt it” mentality; in this case, where there is nothing cute about the situation, for Sarah to be in denial of what she needs to do, would only be hurtful to her. Hopefully, she will love herself enough to get on a good health plan; and get the support that she needs from family and friends to stay on it. Good luck, Sarah!