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While some people are "reclaiming" the word "fat" as a positive thing -three of them are featured in the video, below - Mellisa says she recognises that the word applies to her, and wishes it didn't. When I stand up to do a presentation at work, I'm all too aware that people see my size first, not me. Quite literally, I am the elephant in the room. I always start my talk by saying: "You know, my job is so stressful - when I started about a week ago I was a size 12 and look at me now! Why do I self-deprecate? Why do I feel I have to acknowledge it in such a way for us all to move on?

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I think it's almost become a self-perpetuating prophecy.

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I think there was a period when I was in my teens, where I had quite a combative relationship around eating. As a black woman it is more acceptable to be big.

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My world is filled with contradictions, but I blame no-one else. I'm lucky in a way because I am weiht stereotypical fat woman - funny, independent, I have lots of friends. They project their fears upon me because I am a reflection of something that they could become. I suppose I'm a hoarder.

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Why shouldn't I? If I accept it then I'm telling myself that I've given up and I don't want to give up.

I won't dress it up and say I have an "hourglass" figure. I wonder if some of the things I do are to justify my place in the world. I can own that word - "fat". It's kind of sad that I'm comforted by food rather than other elements in the world. Mellisa spoke to Ena Miller for Woman's Hour - listen to the full programme here You might also like: image copyrightEna Miller Sylvia Mac has spent most of her life trying to conceal the extensive scars which cover her body.

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I'm impervious to it. I feel bullied, slighted and ridiculed. Related Topics. I can walk into a room and feel strong, so when someone says something mean it bounces off me. Less calories in, more calories out, but that means effort, doesn't it?

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Wo,an My 46F boobs keep my stomach warm - actually I have several stomachs. I just want to be the best of myself. I really would hate to think about how many steps I actually do take every day, because I imagine it's probably less than Just being able to tell people how being fat honestly feels for me is a fabulous opportunity to kick me into doing something about it.

The only person I can hold responsible for my position is me.

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Why do I feel I have to acknowledge it wifh such a way for us all to move on? Quite literally, I am the elephant in the room. This is not who I was meant to be. It means having to motivate myself and persevere. There's the charitable stuff and my good behaviour.

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But let me tell you, I was you once and you could be me. When I stand up to do a presentation at work, I'm all too aware that people see my size first, not me. The eating combined with my osteoarthritis and other disabilities doesn't help - the additional weight on the ts isn't a positive impact. My kitchen cupboards are filled with good quality items.

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My friend says I don't stint on myself. It's quite lonely to have such an odd relationship with food.

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I have stretch marks and mottled skin Society has its own sort of perception of people like me - we are disgusting, fat, slothful, lazy, incompetent, stupid. I don't think there's a single part of me, apart from wihh wrists, that is small. It's not rocket science - I know that.

Mum didn't want me and my two sisters to ever be as big as she was. I always start my talk by saying: "You know, my job is so stressful - when I started about a week ago I was hed size 12 and look at me now! I think being a size 14 or 16 would be enough for me.

People are constantly judging me.