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Liv McClelland – Fat in the Family

Posted on Jun 22, 2008 in Childhood and Family, Features | 0 comments

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Liv McClelland talks about fat and family.

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We have a lot of fatties in my family buy gabapentin online. My mom is fat. My mom kind of fluctuates between a size 12 and a size 20. She just kind of fluctuates in between there, depending upon what’s going on in her life. My dad actually has now got a gut on him, you know, later in life. When I was younger, I was definitely the only fat kid. My brother is small and skinny. The children that my parents raised that I call my siblings that aren’t biological, but are definitely my brothers and sisters, were all skinny kids. I was the fatty definitely in the family. And my mom struggled with her weight. And my dad was a PE teacher. So, you know, it was a very interesting sort of relationship with the expectation that you were active. I played soccer when I was little, t-ball, swam from the time I was five until I graduated from high school, competitively. Always, was always doing something. But I kind of got that message like “you have to be out here doing this, and you need to lose weight” but there wasn’t necessarily any sort of recognition around health. And what I, as an adult now, this Health at Every Size sort of philosophy that I embrace — that wasn’t there. It was just sort of – you’re fat, so you’re unhealthy. Which, even though I would go to the pediatrician — We had a nurse practitioner that I hated; who wanted me on every diet ever and was always telling my parents that I needed to be on a diet. Then I finally moved over to a pediatrician when I was 13 or 14 and she was an adolescent pediatrician, and she was like “Yeah, you swim twice a day, five days a week, and a 6th day you swim for 2 hours. You do all sorts of activities, you play soccer, this that and the other. You’re healthy. You’re overweight, but you’re healthy.” And she was sort of at that place of grasping that sort of — she never used that “health at every size” language, but that’s what she was saying, essentially. She was like “Your mom doesn’t feed you guys fast food every day. You don’t do all these (bad) things.” And I was probably a size 18 for most of my high school years. Just stayed, when I was working out every day, and not really watching what I was eating, I stayed at like a size 18.

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