All I ever wanted was to be thin

I loved your very open honest article . I’m nearly 57 and for most of my life, I never ate right. From about 12–14 years old, I was 5'9" and rail thin, living off peanut butter and syrup sandwiches most of the time. When I had my first child in 1982, once I gave birth (I ate like a piglet the whole time while I was pregnant, lol) I starved myself mostly , determined to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, 128 lbs.(which never happened except once at 50 yrs old when gallstones kept me too sick to eat right). I fought the weight back down from about 180 to 135 lbs with each of my four pregnancies but there were some ‘fat’ years for me in there too. I regret spending all that time and energy insisting that I would not be fat’ , because at the age of 36 my spine began crumbling ,basically, and it twisted and turned and now I can’t walk totally erect, and my back looks deformed. This has been a huge challenge for a once very active person in so many ways, not the least of which is pain 24/7 365 days a year. I feel strongly that poor nutrition, specifically never getting enough calcium, d-3, (bone builders )and other nutrients is why this happened to me and so young at that. Being thin is not a great trade off for being able to walk all your life or being in pain for 40 years, believe me ! So young ladies, eat ,eat sensibly and eat enough. You only get one shot at building your strong bones so the teen, preteen and childbearing years are not the time to starve yourself. Just eat healthily , allow yourself treats occassionally, exercise a little at least and love yourself !

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