Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Woman drops 110 pounds, 8 dress sizes - CNN.com

I think it's great that she lost all this weight, and I hope she can keep a good bit of it off, although we've been hearing recently that it's very difficult to do. What I found interesting about this story were the comments about her husband -

Adding to her misery, Twitchell says her ballooning weight was also wreaking havoc on her 31-year marriage.

"We were literally just co-existing together, like roommates," recalled Twitchell.

"Friends asked my husband to e-mail them a picture of us. Later, I discovered that he had sent them an old photograph taken when I was much smaller. Even though he loved me, he was embarrassed at how much weight I had gained."

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How has this changed her life?

"I have a marriage again," says Twitchell, who recently retired and relocated with her husband from New Jersey to their new home in the mountains of western North Carolina.

"When I finally reached my goal (weight), my wedding ring was two sizes too big. I had already had it resized twice and the jeweler was hesitant that I might lose more weight. Rather than resize it, my husband bought me a new beautiful diamond ring and when he gave it to me he said this was a renewal of our wedding vows," she recalled.

Twitchell says her husband keeps telling people that he's got his wife back. This August, the couple will celebrate their 33rd wedding anniversary and they couldn't be happier.


Maybe I'm wrong, but this certainly sounds like her husband was more embarrassed about his fat wife than concerned for her. Hey, to each his own, but I wouldn't want to be married to someone who would drift away from me for aesthetic reasons. Was he there for her while she was gaining weight? Was he encouraging and concerned? Maybe, but it doesn't come through that way in this article. I just found it disturbing the way the article comes across - their marriage was suffering when she was overweight, and now it's great because she's skinny. If she goes from a size 2 to a 10, is he going to love her 50% less?

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12 comments:

Toast said...

Well, let's be honest here: If you were attracted to and then fell in love with a woman at 140 pounds and then, a few years later, she was 280 pounds, you might still love her, but it's entirely possible you'd have lost any and all sexual attraction to her. That's just reality: There's a huge visual/tactile component to attraction.

Michelline said...

I noticed the comments at well and they really bothered me. I can't imagine if Chris said those things to me. Unless she acted totally differently, he never lost his wife.

Chris Howard said...

There's a huge visual/tactile component to attraction.

True, and I don't doubt that a loss of sexual desire may have been a large part of what was going on, but she said they were "like roommates". If he still loves her but has checked out emotionally, what does that mean? You and Tracy seem to have a really great relationship. If she were to go up 3 or 4 sizes for whatever reason, how would you feel about her?

Clearly this story is an extreme example, but I think in general, people tend to focus on weight far too much. As the studies are showing again and again, what people weigh is hard to change. It's really not an issue of character.

Toast said...

If she were to go up 3 or 4 sizes for whatever reason, how would you feel about her?

Ha ha. What do you mean "if"? We've both gone up about that much since we started dating.

Not the same thing, really. There's a difference between "going up 3 or 4 sizes" and going up 100 pounds or more (which it sounds like this woman did if she lost 110).

Chris Howard said...

Not the same thing, really. There's a difference between "going up 3 or 4 sizes" and going up 100 pounds or more

Well, she lost 8 sizes, and I do acknowledge that she's an an extreme, but even though she's got down to a 2, I can't find in the article where she started before gaining the weight. It wouldn't surprise me if she started as an 8 or 10. I don't think she's as far off as you think.

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