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I can relate: STFU About Rob Kardashian's Weight Gain

I can totally relate to Rob Kardashian, which makes me feel kind of sad to have some real empathy for someone from the Kardashian lot. But over the last few years I've gained easily 3 to 4 stone (1 stone = 14 lbs, and it makes me feel a bit better to not convert the maths). My 'excuse'? Dealing with pain from rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia while working on my PhD. Stress + pain = lots of comfort eating and little exercise. So I look quite similar to the before/after pics of Rob Kardashian.

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It only hits me as being a problem when I come across friends who I haven't seen in a while. I get embarrassed because I've put on so much weight. So I like to make the very first thing I say after 'Hello!' is to address the elephant in the room: 'Yep, I've put on a sh*t tonne of weight since the last time you saw me. Now let's get on to the next conversation.' As these folks are my friends and are polite (it's the UK!), it ends there.

Where I empathize with Rob Kardashian is the concern about how my family will respond. I've been living in the UK for the last 5 1/2 years and haven't visited family back in the US for 4 years. Most of my contact is via Facebook (a real godsend for me, otherwise I'd be totally out of contact with everyone). I try to avoid getting my picture taken, but every so often a new photo pops up, so they might notice I've gained a bunch of weight. However, I've never said anything about it. My biggest fear for if/when I return to the US (or the very least have a family member visit me) is their reaction to my weight gain. I did tell my older sister, and she seemed more upset about that then the concerns I was having about finishing my PhD. I'm worried that I'll get similar responses from other family members. Or at the very least they'd be constantly telling or encouraging me to lose weight (I'm not sure which would be worse). So to even hear through rumour mills that Rob's family are giving him a tough time over his weight gain makes me think of my worst fear.

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So even though Rob's not necessarily the greatest person in the world (and I really hated his comments on 'not believing in rehab or therapy'), I really feel for him. Because I face similar struggles, albeit for different reasons, and I know how terrible I'd feel if the camera's eye was on me.

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