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anyone else feel like they are "safer" because they have gained weight? i used to get leered at a lot, but my weight gain really stopped that...

Fri. May 12, 2:38pm

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i find it opposite - I get a lot of oogles and whistles from men, when I have some extra meat hanging out. Especially latin and black men - very uncomfortable. I hate it, that's why I want to lose weight...

Friday, May 12, 2006, 3:03 PM

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yes, OP i feel that way. the one time i was super-hot (in my 20s) the approaches were too much to bear - i quickly gained it all back and hung on to the weight for 10 more years. for some reason, i'm willing to accept the fact i might get hit on this time around. maybe b/c it seems less likely!

Friday, May 12, 2006, 3:49 PM

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two very different perspectives there! Personally, I think that being leered at might not be too pleasant, but it does satisfy that need in us that someone thinks we're attractive? I'd rather be leered at and slim and happy with my size and weight than overweight, self-conscious and not turning any heads!

Friday, May 12, 2006, 3:50 PM

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i think i feel less self-conscious and more happy with my body when i have a little extra weight-it's not how i LOOK that makes me want to lose weight, it's the other health issues. but, if i could be heavy and healthy, i think i would prefer that...

Friday, May 12, 2006, 4:08 PM

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To the 3.50pm poster - nope, nothing pleasant in sexual objectifying leering. I'm the one who gets too much unwanted attention when slightly overweight. I always feel like 'Ball of Fat' in the Guy de Maupassant story. If you're not familiar with the story, wikipedia has a short cheat sheet on it (link below)


Friday, May 12, 2006, 4:27 PM

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