As a formally morbidly obese person who did make the decision to have weight loss surgery, I’ve been amazed at the ways people now treat me. It’s as if I was literally the elephant in the room. People interacted with me but from a strange distance. Now that I’m thinner, it is as if my ideas have value, my work has magically improved and my contributions to conversations actually count. Where BS (before surgery), I was passed over for promotions, and my work was largely ignored. And I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that other than sad.