I have always been a chubby kid, never known to be morbidly obese but was never slim. Back in the day when bubble tea and donuts first gained popularity (remember Quickly and Donut Factory?), I was one of the many teenage kids in queue almost every single day to buy me some yummy donuts and bubble teas. I recalled having two cups everyday and that craze went on for a really long time throughout my late secondary/poly days. That got me growing sideways over the years. Oh my love-hate
It’s not a sad story you haven’t heard of before, but at least this one does have a happy ending…well actually, it’s still being written.
I grew up most of my life chubby, fat, husky, “big-boned” – we go by many names in the United States to help make kids and teenagers feel better. I was bullied often and it didn’t help that my name rhymes with things like HAM or SPAM.
At my worst, I weighed 188lbs (85kg) when I was about 16 years old
I have been overweight the whole of my life (according to BMI). Since I was young, I was always the biggest and fattest in class and amongst my friends.
Once, there was a year-end performance at my kindergarten and I didn’t get to wear pretty dresses like the others because my school didn’t have my size. My friend’s mum then told me to lose weight. In fact, many people have been telling me my whole life to lose weight, until I became numb to these comments.
By Deborah Rowe
He may be the world’s first Optimum Nutrition Chef Ambassador, but it wasn’t always smooth sailing for Andrew Johnson in his fitness journey.
Just last November, the 45-year-old Eurasian father of twins became the first Strongman athlete from Singapore to win a silver medal in the ISF Australia Strongman Nationals 2015 Masters Division.
Knowing this and looking at Andrew now, it’s hard to believe he was once a quiet and skinny kid who was
I’ve always been more masculine than most girls. I naturally have broad shoulders, more muscle on my frame and an androgynous face. When I was younger, I never saw it as a problem. It was simply the way I was – I knew it, accepted it and even enjoyed it. Now, I am 18 and supposedly more ‘grown up’. However, I find myself trying to re-learn something my 5 year-old self already knew full and well.
In my early teens, my masculine nature started to bother me. I put up a