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Do people treat you differently now that you are skinnier?

I've had this question bobbling around in my brain for quite some time now. When you lose a significant amount of weight, let's say 20% of your original weight, has anybody felt that others treat them any differently, good or bad? And I don't just mean the opposite sex being more attracted. Are random people nicer to you? Do you act any different? Are you friendlier or more outgoing?

I've lost about 45 lbs in a year, but I haven't noticed any change in my behavior or others peoples interactions with me.


Tue. Oct 31, 7:28pm

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Really? I totally notice the difference in how I'm treated. (-70lbs later) I feel like now I'm finally "passing" for "normal". It's most clear, ironically, when people make snotty comments about fat people in my presence, because they don't see me as one of "them" (I thought I heard the worst when I was fat, but now I'm hearing what people really think, ugh). Just in general, I feel like I am less pre-judged, people smile at me more, and yeah, guys seem to notice me more. Kindof a shame I had to work so hard just to feel normal.
And perhaps I am more positive or happy now, but otoh, I am actually much more obsessed now with food, since I have to be so vigilant... People who didn't know me before think I'm just a health nut for no reason. It's nice if people treat you the same -- maybe they were treating you without bias from the beginning!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006, 11:45 PM

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I have lost about 25 pounds, and I wasn't quite "overweight" by BMI to begin with. People sure do treat me differently. Everyone (not just guys) is a lot friendlier, and gives me opportunities I might not otherwise get. However, I do think that I work in an unusually appearance-conscious and appearance-favoring workplace. (And it's not that way for any good reason; I'm not a model or anything!)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 9:25 AM

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Oh yes. Sales guys are more helpful, guys on the streets are nicer. People think I'm more successful. It's a fact, based on experiments that individuals who are thinner and more attractive are percieved as being more successful.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 9:35 AM

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I've lost about 45 pounds and what surprises me is how many people comment on it. I do a lot of trainings and public outreach events for work and I tend to see a lot of the same people at these events - not people I know well at all - many more by sight than by name. What has been weird for me is how many people have come up to me and told me how great I look for having lost weight. It's a little weird to have people I barely know commenting on my appearance so much. It's like who knew they were paying so much attention one way or the other as to how I looked.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 9:42 AM

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I've lost 25-30 pounds and I'm surprised at some of the comments I get from people who don't know me. A gym staff member implied that I don't need to work out with "Oh, you're just naturally skinny". Then there was the dress sales woman who said "I wish I could be small like you". I simply don't know how to respond to these unexpected comments. I'm not naturally skinny, and, dear sales woman, I wish you could put aside your wishful thinking and see the blood, sweat, and tears I put into being this size.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 11:56 AM

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