I’ve been unsuccessfully dieting since I was 13 years old. I’ve also been the same size since I was 13 years old, 5’10 and a size 12. I recently came to the realization that I don’t want to be smaller than a 12. There was that one time when I got down to a size 8 and I looked like a bobble head.
So now instead of dieting, I exercise. But dieting was something that was instilled in me, and Wendy Williams, at an early age.
In a recent interview with PEOPLE, Wendy Williams discussed her body issues and the first time she went on a diet.
“I grew up being fat-shamed by my family,” said Williams. “My first diet was in the first grade! Tuna fish and mustard with yogurt on the side.”
Coincidentally, that was also one of my first diet meals. I pretty much ate tuna and lettuce for weeks straight. Did I lose weight? Sure, but I eventually gained it back.
Just last week I had a conversation with my friend’s 12-year-old daughter. She mentioned to me how she was on a diet. I couldn’t help but to look at her crazy and then shot her father an evil glare. I asked her why did she feel the need to diet. She thin pinched her non-existent waist. Although I normally try not to overstep my boundaries with my friend’s child, I did feel the need to explain to her that a diet wasn’t necessary.
I didn’t start having body issues until my grandmother made it her life’s mission to point them out to me when I was 10. “You’re getting big,” she would always say. But that never stopped her from offering an extra cookie with dessert. Till this day, when I visit her, there’s always the constant mention of my weight. Whether I’ve lost weight, or gained weight, she never fails to point it out.
As I’m inching closer to accepting my body for what it is—tall, a size 12, ass for days and narrow hips—I realize that my body image issues started early on. If only someone in my family explained to me that bodies are cookie cutters. And dieting isn’t a quick fix.
Clutchettes, at what age did you start your first diet?