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Some people may not want to read about the plight of the fit individual. In fact, some people believe that fit people have no problems in the world—that somehow toned arms means you don’t have some judgmental family members, money issues, and offensive messages from Internet trolls. But to think that is to be close-minded. In fact, being the one fit person in your social group or family can be isolating. If you’re in shape and your close friends and family are not, you cannot relate to them on certain things (like swapping war stories about binge eating and laughing about the guy at the cheese counter knowing their order by heart). Likewise, they don’t relate to your experiences. Food is a central part of socializing, and when you approach eating differently than your close circle does, sometimes, you can feel lonely. Here is what it’s like to be the fittest one in your friend group or family.

People always comment on your order

When you order healthy, your friends make comments like, “Well that’s why you look like you do and my order is why I look like I do” or “Now you’re making me feel bad about what I’m ordering” or “Your entire order would just be an appetizer for me.” You never intended on making anyone feel self-conscious about their order, but boy did they make you self-conscious about yours.



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