I realised something recently: I’ve never known anyone who, over a period of months, has lost significant weight.
I have never seen someone in a state of physical transition in the same way I am going through. It must actually be a bit weird to see me decrease in size if you only see me a few times a year.
And then I got to thinking that I don’t actually know very many fat people. My mother is very big (at the end of my diet, she’ll be more than twice my weight) plus a woman and a couple of guys I know through work are big. I can’t think of anyone else.
In the same way that I walk into a room full of people and realise that I’m the only non-white person, I also invariably notice that I’m the only person who’s overweight and that has not been a nice feeling.
I reckon that there are some places in America that such a scenario would sound alien.