This story had me laughing. A little boy who didn’t know any better drew a picture of his fat mom looking like a blob.
But the turning point came in February 2014 when her son Thomas proudly came home with a picture he had drawn at school.
Meryem added: “It was a family portrait with all members as stick figures except for me who he’d drawn as a round blob.
“It really upset me when I saw it but I didn’t have the heart to tell Thomas, I just went upstairs and cried.”
That, combined with an incident on holiday when Meryem couldn’t take part in activities because she was too out of breath, inspired a change.
She said: “My children called me ‘fat’ because they couldn’t fit their arms around me when giving me hugs. It was very upsetting.”
😅 Obesity destroys quality of life. Obesity kills romance dead. Obesity will not escape the merciless judgment of children. Not even a mother’s own son. A son who, by the way, has earned a Shiv of the Week accolade for his expert artistic rendering.
Can a child fat shame if he doesn’t know he’s doing it? He sure can. The shame burns the same — maybe even burns worse — when it’s unintentional. Is a fat mom going to rationalize her son’s fat shaming as “insecurity”, or as being “intimidated by strong fat women”? Will she oink in protest that her little boy isn’t a “real man” who “loves curvy women”?
Haha, no. She’ll cry herself to sleep and then, like this mom, push away from the table and lose a hundred pounds, slimming down to human form. Realtalking kids who shame without remorse can save lives.