Because I am Native American, I have a slower metabolism and when I gain weight, it goes straight to my stomach. My weight itself is average, but since all my fat is in my stomach, I look horrible. I have incredibly thin arms and legs, but my stomach buldges out like a mile.

My parents adopted me, and didn't realize that I required less food than other kids. So they fed me just as much as they would feed another girl. Unfortunately, that only made me gain. By the time I started packing my own lunch for school, the damage had already been done. My noon-hour supervisors regularly freak out at me because I bring so little for lunch. The truth is, I don't need much.

I realized how fat I was when I was 6. I remember the moment exactly. Another, older girl was sitting beside me, and I looked down at our legs. Hers were lithe and skinny, whereas mine looked like squash. I immediately tensed them and tried to make them look as thin as hers, to no avail. It didn't helo that later that summer, my older sister, who was 9 at the time came to visit, and told me I was fat. In a nice way, of course. She continued to imply it her whole stay.

I am 5''7, and weigh 134 lbs. I have been stuggling to lose weight all summer, and have been marginally successful.

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1 Response Jul 10, 2009

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