My son is fanatical about cricket and at the grand age of 38 plays for a local county team. I’m just as fanatical about sitting in the sun watching him every Saturday afternoon and seldom miss a game. I sit quietly minding my own business and usually the opposing team are sitting close by whilst their team bats and my son’s team are bowling / fielding. I overhear very interesting, often very male oriented banter!
I also overhear comments made by the team and from time to time they are about my son. I never respond but on one occasion, a player was chirping with comments like “that guy can’t run”, “he’s hopeless at catching” etc. When he said “that guy runs like he’s disabled” which was followed by raucous laughter from the team, I couldn’t hold myself back any more. I turned to them quietly and calmly asked “would you feel differently if you knew he has had two hip replacements?”. Needless to say they felt very embarrassed when I told them my son had his first hip replacement at 23 and his second at 35.
As overweight people, we know how it feels to constantly be unfairly judged. Continue reading “Being “judged” will never help someone lose weight!”