Kara Beck is one of the many who have been bullied for their weight. Boys always made fun of her for being “fat” and remembers so-called friends calling her a “red cow” when she wasn’t around. Kara says the bullying began when she was just 12 years old and she would never forget it. She knew that she was different and others did not accept her.
“I was very careful. I was always so sensitive and tried to stay out of situations that would provoke bullying,” Kara says, who is now 25 years old. “There were more things said behind my back … than to my face.”
Kara Beck and her experience with weight loss
At just the age of 8 years old, doctors would diagnose Kara with pre-diabetes. She knew that since she was a little, she was always bigger than the other kids and it made her look older. Kara knew very vaguely that she should eat fewer carbs and more protein, but she genuinely didn’t know that much about nutrition. The bullying would continue on and it would fuel her unhealthy eating habits.
“The bullying was just damaging my psyche, at this point, and creating this really unhealthy self-image and relationship to my body,” Kara explains. “That turned into my bad relationship with food.”