My name is Ali. I'm now 24 years old but growing up I was bullied. Not physically but emotionally. I was very chubby as a child and the obesity kept going. By the time I was in high school it got worse. Being the last one to be asked to prom, getting picked on during PE because I couldn't run so I never participated. One that I will never forget was walking down the hallway and being told by a guy that I should wear flashing lights because I needed to warn everyone that an "oversize load" was walking through. I was 300 pounds. I never attempted suicide or anything extreme, but I had thoughts. Luckily I have an amazing family that kept me going and today, I'm 180 pounds, active, loving life and ignoring the negativity. Yes, not everyone can easily do this but I am here to share that it can get better. You all shine. You can do this. XX
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