I’m always interested in hearing peoples stories of growing up and how weight affected their life. I have a couple interviews here from some friends that I’d like to share. If you are interested in sharing, let me know, comments are private until I approve them. Also you can choose to keep your name private and it is always confidential. 🙂

Everyweek I’ll try and get one or two up from different people. I think it’s very inpirational to see how different people are affected by weight issues, especially growing up.
Here are two people that wanted to share their side:

What’s your name and age?
Elvis C., 22

Growing up, did you have any weight issues?
Yes until I was 14 and then yes from 17-20

How did they affect your life?

Well I was always put down, always picked on since I was pretty damn weak. Always picked last in gym.. ummm always ate to make myself feel better.

Did you have a hard time in school because of it?
Yeah, most of the preps would pick on me or threaten to “kick my ass”.

When did you realize it? Was it something someone said?
My dad always pinched my sides and said “you need to lose this” or “look at that!” it really upset me./

How did you deal with it?

Eating and staying in my room, or I would ride my bike.

Did you constantly think/worry about your weight?
Mostly yes, 7th grade I almost became anorexic. (during lunch I would have 1 cookie and that was it)

Do you have any advice for anyone young and having weight issues?
Stay away from the vending machine, try to limit candy to once a week, get on your bike, find friends to play street baseball or basketball with. Find something to do outside.

Now that you are a little older, what would you go back and change if you could?

My binge eating.

How did you fight the freshman 15?
I actually had the freshman -15, I broke up with my ex sarah and I lost 15 pounds since me and my friend Matt Garza would skate every day for like 4-5 hours.

Everyone is so busy these days, it’s easy to grab some fast food and eat very unhealthy, how do you deal with that?

I make my daily intake of food either in the morning or at night, zip lock it and keep it with me so it’s always there when I need it. Also it’s much cheaper to cook for yourself in the long run and you know what’s in it and who touched it.

What are your thoughts about child obesity?
Parents need to stop taking the easy route and spend more time in the kitchen and learning how to not feed their children processed crap.

Your favorite healthy snack?
Sludge. Peanut butter, Water, and Chocolate Protein powder 😀

Everyone has their own way of keeping in shape, whats yours?
Anything you like to do the most? DDR lol, it’s the best way for me to keep up with my cardio. I find running on a treadmill boring and lame since there’s no objective in front of me unless I’m competing with someone…. Competition is my drug you can say.

What do you listen to on your mp3 player to keep you going?
Lifting would have to be Deftones – Headup. For cardio it would have to be “Flobots Stand up” or anything upbeat talking about achieving sometime. (Fort Minor – Remember the name)

What do you think about women in magazines?
We all know they are photo shopped, but did they influence you in any way growing up?
I’m a guy I never portrayed women to look like that, but when I saw guys I always thought “I wish I could look like that” since women do tend to set the bar high and go after those guys. They don’t realize it but women influence what guys do, if most women like guys with low body fat and ripped abs then we’ll try to get that, if women like a sports car that’s quick then we’ll work for that too. Why? Survival of the fittest basically, we want to attract the best looking women (which indicated good genetics) to create a new generation of “the best of the best.” Women influence us by their actions, they stare at men with muscles and drool and it makes US feel horrible since we do not look like that. We feel “less of a man” or “a plan b” you can say since it feels like you’re just settling but in your mind you want a more tone guy.

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What’s your name and age?

Jessica S., 19 almost 20.

Growing up, did you have any weight issues?
Between the ages of 10 and 13 I was a little bit stocky and was getting bigger by the day. My dad would always say “Do you REALLY want to eat that?” and my mom would make a few hurtful comments.

How did they affect your life?
I got depressed and started what was to become my compulsive skin picking problem. There were even days where I would drink water all day and not eat and ride my stationary bike for an hour, huffing and puffing.

Did you have a hard time in school because of it?
A little bit. I got teased because I wasn’t as slim or ‘pretty’ as the popular girls in middle school. But nobody ever called me fat, at least not that I know of.

When did you realize it? Was it something someone said?
I realized it when my dad took me on a vacation to a beach resort and I could barely fit in my bathingsuit, didn’t play, just ate junk all day and felt heavy and lazy and stepped on the scale and realized I went from 70 to 98 pounds really fast. I’m short, and was young and going through puberty, so those numbers don’t seem like a lot but they are if you’re 4’9″-4’11”.

How did you deal with it?
I asked my dad to go for walks with me. I hated it at first because I was so out of shape.

Did you constantly think/worry about your weight?
All the time. I’d step on any scale in anyone’s house and if I weighed over a certain amount or if I’d eaten too many “bad” foods that day, I’d stop eating for the day, drink tons of water, and go on my stationary bike until I felt dizzy.

Do you have any advice for anyone young and having weight issues?
Don’t do what I did. Not eating and then viciously exercising is bad for your health and can make you sick. But at the same time, eat better foods. I was doing all of these things without thinking about what I was eating, and I wish I got more fruits/veggies/better foods when I was going through puberty. Also, your body will change as you get older. Just work with it.

Now that you are a little older, what would you go back and change if you could?
I’d eat better and not do that drastic water-no food-exercise thing. Also I’d ignore my mom’s comments but listen to my dad’s about my food choices.

How did you fight the freshman 15?
During schooltimes it’s easy because I commute. I walk everywhere and run after trains and subways. And since my school is near a lot of cool things, I can just walk to wherever I want within 15 minutes. I like walking. But during vacations it’s hard, so I try to watch what i’m eating and walk wherever and whenever I can, and do lots of stretches.

Everyone is so busy these days, it’s easy to grab some fast food and eat very unhealthy, how do you deal with that?
I hate fast food and avoid it whenever possible. I make all my own lunches for school but will let myself have pizza from the cafeteria or a sandwich from Au Bon Pain and try to eat lighter the rest of the day. But it’s almost impossible for me to not have a frozen meal to bring with me to lunch at work. I don’t have time to make my own food for that. So it’s frozen meals or leftovers from mom.

What are your thoughts about child obesity?

It’s awful. I hate seeing so many overweight and unhealthy children and teenagers. But up to a certain age it’s not their fault, it’s their parents’ fault, really. Lazy or too-busy-to-care parents that shut their kids up with candy or McDonald’s for dinner and no home-made lunches. Working in retail I see a lot of bad parenting going on with preschool to elementary school-aged kids. Once they reach middle school or high school it’s their own fault. The school is not forcing you to eat their pizza. You can have salad or make your own lunch.

Your favorite healthy snack?

Water, fruit, and a small sandwich or small serving of pasta.

Everyone has their own way of keeping in shape, whats yours?
Anything you like to do the most? I like stretching and my own exercises that I make up. Anything that feels good. I used to do yoga and was in my best shape and had awesome posture, but school and work eats up that time now. I also go for a lot of walks. It clears my head of bad thoughts and makes me feel energized.

What do you listen to on your mp3 player to keep you going?
80s music and Dir En Grey >:D Anything upbeat!

What do you think about women in magazines?
We all know they are photo shopped, but did they influence you in any way growing up? They did. I used to look at them and think “Wow, she’s so pretty, why can’t my thighs look like that? Why can’t I be 6 feet tall and slim as a twig?” Now I don’t care because first of all I’m happy being short and petite but curvy in all the right places. Second of all I know which parts of my body I can’t change. And third of all being in illustration and knowing a lot about a certain program called Photoshop, I now look at these photos and think “Hah! They did a bad job touching that up, her leg can’t do that, they erased that, that looks grainy there, jagged cut-out line there.”

Thanks to Elvis and Jess for sharing, I’ll have more next week so check it out!

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