My name is Julie* and I'm sixteen years old. I'm an only child. I live with both of my parents. I'm an A or B student with plenty of friends and a boyfriend who I care about very much. My life sounds great, doesn't it? There was a time when I didn't think so.
I'm overweight. That was kind of rushed the way I said that, wasn't it? Well, no sense in beating around the bush. It had to be said. Now I don't mean I'm one of those average-sized people who obsess about how fat they are when everyone knows they aren't. I'm seriously overweight. I used to be embarrassed . . . but not anymore.
Just like every teenage overweight girl, I used to go on silly diets and cry about how fat I was. I was convinced that every little bad thing that happened was another curse because of my weight. If my friends made other plans, I thought that they didn't want to be with me because of my weight. It's strange now to reread this and see how silly I was being, but it's true. I didn't have a lot of boyfriends in my life. I just thought it was for the same reason. I thought I would be miserable forever.
Then came Joel*. Oh how Joel praised me and convinced me that weight wasn't everything. I don't think he realizes exactly how much he's done for me. And you know what? He kindly informed me that some guys actually don't want thin girls! He's one of those guys and since then I've met many others like him. We've been together for over a year now.
Anyway, I didn't write this story to be a love story. It's dedicated to all girls like me: girls who are convinced that size and weight are everything, girls who are going through eating disorders and don't have someone like Joel to tell them the truth. They didn't have someone like me to speak up, like I'm going to, and say this to all the girls out there like me: "Wake up girls! You're gorgeous! Now go find your best pair of size 42 jeans and wear 'em proudly!" If someone’s opinion about weight changed as a result of reading this story, I'll be wearing my size 42 jeans with pride as well. I know I'm good. Go have your 15 minutes of fame. Then go have 20 more!
*Names have been changed