Emma Woolf: I have never been fat, but I know exactly what it is like to be judged for my size and hear unkind comments about my appearance
This has irritated me today.
For starters, I don’t think bashing people who are slim/thin/etc is in any way, shape or form acceptable. So the headline, to my mind, isn’t correct.
But let’s look at this line:
But I’m fed up with being judged for being physically disciplined, for watching what I eat, and for exercising five times a week.
Let’s talk about how undisciplined I am, as a fat person.
I go to the gym 5 times a week. 3 of those sessions are at a gym which takes me 45 minutes – 1 hour to travel to or from. It used to be at least 1 hour 15 minutes, but since the Overground extension opened in December 2012, my journey has been a bit easier.
So for every 1.5-2 hour workout, I walk & sit on public transport for at least 1.5 hours. I do that 3 times a week*, and have done consistently for the last 4.5 years.
Sheesh, so undisciplined!
I mean, you guys who live outside London & have cars, or who train at gyms near your home/work, you’re the disciplined ones, right? Not me, I’m just undisciplined.
I don’t know how many times people have said to me that they’d love to get into the routine of going to the gym, but they need somewhere near their work/home so that they don’t have to go out of their way. And that’s fine – some people don’t have my kind of stubborn-headedness (plus I’m a public transport nerd).
But don’t tell me I’m undisciplined just because my body fat is over 30% and I wear a size 16. Please.
(And all this is not even touching on my tenaciousness; the fact that I’ve consistently come last when I compete and yet keep competing. Because that doesn’t exactly imply I’m a quitter either.)
* The other gym I go to is 5 minutes’ walk from my office, thankfully.