== == * Come down off your pedestal! Many people are fat because their metabolism is slower and some people can look bloated and fat because of medications. Some women in menopause can become, let's say "chubby." It's fairly normal to feel you're on top of the world because you worked hard to lose this weight and you're proud of yourself and well you should be. You obviously were repulsed with yourself and hated being fat and I admire you for doing something about it, but now you are transferring that onto others and it's wrong. I have fat friends (heaviest friend that is female is 260 lbs., and the heaviest male is 345 lbs) and I love 'em just the way they are. If they are comfortable in their own skin then it doesn't bother me. When and if they want to lose weight they may ask for my help and until then I won't interfere. It's what is inside of oneself that counts. Our bodies are just the gift wrapping and it's the gift inside that counts! Scientists are beginning to understand what makes some people fat, and believe it or not it isn't because many obese people are eating themselves sick. There are other factors and I suggest you go on the Internet and find out more about these scientific studies. I think you are feeling great (well you should be), but you have to cop a better attitude about others that are fat. You know how it hurts when fat people are ignored or laughed at so do something for these people! Write a book to let them know how you did it, form a club to help them, do something! I use to suffer from panic attacks and Agoraphobia and I got over it with a lot of hard work, religious faith and help from many of my friends and one good doctor. Instead of flying high I went to work and formed a group at my home once a week for others with this debilitating problem and help where I can. I suggest you do the same thing! Remember, fat people feel pain and they are often laughed at, talked about or left out of society because of it and it's wrong! Sit up and fly right!