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Co-Workers Are Giving Me an Eating Disorder!

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For the first time, I am working in an office with a lot of women. And I've never felt worse about my body!

woman standing in weighing scale

Momlogic's Julie: I have always worked around men. At my last job, I was one of the few women on staff. And before that, I freelanced for seven years. So I am not used to being surrounded by women.

When I took at a job at an office that was almost women-only, I was psyched. I thought I would make lots of friends (which I did). And I was excited to be around other mothers who could relate to what I was going through. (That was also cool.)

But what I DID NOT anticipate is how much talk there would be around me, 24/7, about weight and diets.

I am not super skinny ... I consider myself average ... but I've never really worried too much about it. Other than one stint at Weight Watchers after my second kid, I've never really been on a diet. I know I could lose 10 to 15 pounds easily but I've always felt pretty good about my appearance and it has not been a huge concern.

Until now.

Now that I'm in an office of women, weight is something that's constantly being talked about. My co-workers talk about what diet they're on, what they are or are not eating, and how they feel so guilty for eating this or that. And they are all skinnier than I am. So I figure I should probably worry about my weight, too.

Shouldn't I?

I guess weight is something that most women always think and talk about, but because I haven't really been around women, I have been shielded from the fat talk. And now that I'm around it, I can't seem to shut up that little voice that's made its way into my head.

I suppose it's a good thing that I'm more conscious of what I put in my body and how I look, but it was also nice NOT worrying about it for so long.

Does being around other women make you worry more about your weight?

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Anon January 31, 2009, 8:05 PM

Yes, but I am fortunate enough to have a husband who likes “well rounded” women. As long as you are healthy and your spouse is happy, then try not to obsess about it. Good luck and God bless!

Western Lady February 2, 2009, 5:30 PM

I’m in a office of mostly women - I understand. They are all skinnier than me so I feel gigantic when they talk about how they want to lose weight or are fat. I think to myself “Hello! you’re what a size 5?”

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