Sometimes, the world we live in is a sad, sad place because everything seems to be about the way people look on the outside and not many care if the person’s character is worth all the praise. It is mainly because of magazines, TV commercials, and most recently social media sites which promote beauty standards in the form of skinny girls and models that many people, especially women, feel not worthy just because they don’t fit those standards.
Rarely do we see beyond people’s looks, and those who do are very special individuals worth to be part of our lives.
When it comes to America, a 2019 study by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) confirms the country to have the most concerning obesity statistics. The study found that nearly 40 percent of adults and 19 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 19 were obese, the highest rates ever recorded.
To be obese is an ordeal many are forced to go through and the reasons leading to that condition can be various.
The following story is one about true love. Holly and John were high school sweethearts. At one point of her life, Holly started gaining weight at a rapid speed, which raised red flags. During a doctor’s visit, it was discovered that she suffered from thyroid ailment, which caused her weight to get out of control. In just a year, Holly gained half of her initial weight before the diagnosis.
As this happened, many of John’s friends told him to leave her because she wasn’t attractive any longer. Holly was well aware of that. She herself knew that her weight could make John leave her, but that never happened. Instead, he supported her and reminded her just how much he loved her every single day.
Over the course of time, Holly’s health started to deteriorate. At one point, she experienced severe heart issues despite all the medications she was taking.
Unfortunately, she passed away shortly after. John was heartbroken. He couldn’t imagine his life without his loved one by his side.
One day, he found a letter Holly wrote for him while she was still alive. There, she wrote just how much it meant to her that he never gave up on her, despite her obesity. Alongside the touching words, she left $10,000 for him and asked him to live his life to the fullest.
This story is just a reminder that we should never judge a book by its cover. We never know of the struggles people are going through, just like Holly.
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