My Family With A Body Size Essay

1575 Words Nov 30th, 2016 7 Pages
Since I was very young my family has always encouraged a thin body size as the “healthy” body. I remember, we always had very traditional family dinners with a meat, carb, and many vegetables and we were not allowed to leave the table until our vegetables and salads were finished. After dinner, we typically took walks around the golf course, played soccer or basketball, or swam. Nothing about this appeared to me as anything out of the ordinary or even an encouragement to be fit and thin. I had no idea at the time I was beginning to internalized that being this was a more desirable body size. I can remember two specific events that happened when I was very little that began to make me aware of my weight and by association look at others’ weight. The first memory was visiting my grandfather. This is when I noticed how much of my families eating and exercise routine was what my grandfather did. In fact, if we went out to dinner, he would immediately ask for a to-go-bag and put half the food in the box to save for another meal. When I asked him about this he said it was because many people eat more than what they need to be sustained and that is gluttony and unhealthy.
Granted, my grandfather grew up and served in WWII and lived through the Great Depression and learned how far a dime could be stretched and how hard he had to work to survive. Nevertheless, the message that was being sent to me at such a young age was that people who are bigger are gluttonous and are making the…

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