Any other fat people feel shunned at the gym or sporting goods store?

  • I'm just starting my quest to get in good shape and lose weight. I'm 5'10", and 278lbs. I'm obese, in other words. I have an underactive thyroid and PCOS, both of which were diagnosed recently and both of which contribute to the fact that I've found it pretty impossible to lose weight in the past.
    I would think that big people would get more support when we try to get fit, but the opposite seems to be the case. I feel awkward shopping for clothes to wear working out (sporting goods stores don't carry my size, that's for sure!) or shopping for equipment. I tried out a couple gyms in my area, and was amazed and embarrassed at the dirty looks I got. I have good gym etiquette, but all the pretty people didn't want to look at me, I guess.
    It's hard enough being fat in this culture without feeling I'm running the gauntlet every time I want to run on a treadmill. I'm just curious if other big people have the same problem. It would be nice to know I'm not the only sporting goods pariah.

    Lilyanne   by: Lilyanne

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