Woman ridiculed for loose skin after losing 350 lbs
At some point in our lives, we may well have a few extra pounds we'd like to lose, so we go to the gym to get in shape. It probably never crosses our minds that, even after we've lost all that weight, we'll still encounter people who'll point fingers and laugh at us. But that's exactly what happened to Jacqueline Adan.
Jacqueline is a blogger who, up until a few months ago, weighed almost 500 lbs. After suffering from eating disorders which made her overweight, Jacqueline decided to turn her life around: she radically changed her diet and began to exercise. As a result, she lost more than 350 lbs — very impressive.
But this impressive feat had a side effect. By losing so much fat so quickly, her skin didn't adapt to the size of her body in time. It became flaccid and over-hung. Despite losing so much weight, she still felt ashamed of her body.
When she finally plucked up the confidence to go to the pool or the beach, she had a horrible surprise when she heard unpleasant comments from people watching her. When she was standing by a hotel pool, Jacqueline removed the sarong that covered her legs to get into the water. Several strangers then started pointing at her and laughing.
When she returned home, she published a photo on Instagram showing her legs to the world, along with this message:
"When we were on vacation in Mexico a few weeks ago, it was the first time I had worn a bathing suit in a long time, and it had been even longer since I wore a bathing suit without a cover up. I was nervous to take my cover up off and to walk into the pool or walk on the beach. I still felt like that same 500 pound girl... then it happened. A couple sitting by the pool started laughing and pointing at me and making fun of me as soon as I took my cover up off. So what did I do? I took a deep breath, smiled and walked into the pool. That was a huge moment for me. I had changed. I was not the same girl anymore. Yes I still have a lot of loose skin, I may still feel insecure at times, and yes I may still get made fun of. To be honest, yes it bothered me. But I was not going to let people like that affect me anymore! I am not going to let what other people think of me stop me from living my life. They do not know me. They do not know how I have worked my ass off to lose 350 pounds. They do not know how I am recovering from major surgeries. They have no right to sit and point and laugh at me. That's why I smiled. It does not matter what others say or if they try to doubt you or to bring you down. What matters is how you react to it. How you feel about yourself. Loving yourself just the way you are is hard. Others might not like that. I hope you love yourself. Love your body. I hope you keep doing you and just keep smiling!"
People can be so quick to judge a person just by their appearance, as if that was ever really the whole story. Thankfully, Jacqueline was able to ignore these people, who clearly had nothing worthwhile going on in their lives if they felt the need to make fun of her. What's more, she found the courage to share her story, and provide wise words we should all try to live by. Good for her!