wendy-williams-40_240x340_67I’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? 

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  • Me

    i can’t even make it through my fasting for easter let alone an actual diet. i was never fat though, so it didn’t matter if i stuck to a diet or nah. but i can tell you the first time i binge-exercised was 7th grade when i made a new friend that was even skinnier than me. loved her to death & i was only 1 size bigger than her, but in my head i was a blimp next to her so i was secretly competing against her. i spent a whole afternoon doing 400 situps & a buncha bicep curls with a water gallon before my mom got home from work(because my mom woulda killed me if i told her i wanted some dumbbells… she thinks muscles are not ladylike even to this day). then i started to become a gym rat in hs when i got a job & could pay for membership… by then it wasn’t even about my friend, i just felt like i always needed some fine tuning for some reason. full-fledged gym rat in college when the gym was free… working out twice a day for at least an hr each time b/c my legs “never looked the way i wanted”. obsessed w/running after college just because. then i stopped b/c i hate running. dated a gym rat after that so we could binge exercise together but not as intense or crazed as i was in 7th grade. then we broke up & i got lazy for a long while. lol. now i work out casually but i still think i got the bug in me that’ll turn me back into a gym rat if i ever decide to go hard again. something about “perfecting your body” makes it really addictive whether it’s constantly dieting or binge exercising.

  • omfg

    I’ve never been on a diet. I maintain good eating habits, although I refine them as i get older. The reality is, if you care about your health and even appearance, u must constantly reevaluate your diet and exercise habits.

    So for me, I limit my nonfruit sugar intake to weekends only. I barely drink. I’m vegan 85% of the time. And I concentrate on fiber consumption.

    Dieting isn’t necessary if u live a healthy lifestyle 90% of the time.

  • Good Luck!

  • I’ve never been on a diet but I have changed my eating habits as I became more aware of how food was being grown, handled, and processed. I started working out in college simply because I wanted to maintain my physique, and develop muscle mass in my arms.

  • WaterLove

    I can relate to this. I use to always hear my mom talk about dieting, so I remember from a young age I would tell people that I was dieting too. I was never really big, though. I am in my late 30s, and have exercised pretty consistently since I became an adult. However, as I’ve gotten older, my body and metabolism has changed. I would gain weight in the winter and work hard to lose it in the summer. The root cause was my eating habits, since I always work out. After being tired of the roller-coaster ride, I read By Any Greens Necessary, and it changed my life. I’ve been a vegetarian now for three years, and my weight has been consistent. I am not a vegan because I don’t want to give up on cakes and other sweet treats that I eat occasionally. I figure if I eat 28 healthy meals a week, it is ok if I treat myself for one or two meals. Even if I splurge, my vegetarian lifestyle allows me to never veer off too much or gain too much weight.