Andy, I’ve just come across medium and yours is one of the first articles I have read. On reading I felt so excited to have discovered this app!
In short, I think what you have shared is inspirational and admirable and the very essence of the judgement you faced in becoming (what seems on the face of it) a much more attractive person has now sparked more judgmental comments by some in the responses to your article. Therein exemplifies everything you have described as having conquered and thus highlights your own personal achievement. Those who interpret your article from a cynical viewpoint show the tail of their own inadequacies.
I look forward to your next article.