I've been meaning to start this for a while here. As I've chatted with people on AIM and such, it seems that many Oasis users want to lose a few pounds.
I think a lot of weight gain is a result of emotional eating due to stress, and being closeted in your teens and such is a huge source of stress, so they are related.
Personally, I've spent most of my life dealing with body image issues surrounding my weight, having finally dropped 115 pounds, and am close to finishing my goal of losing 125 pounds. Will hopefully occur before my birthday in August.
Most people only want to lose 10-20 pounds, but everyone who gets overweight only needed to lose that much at some point.
So, I just want to put this forum up as a place where we can discuss these issues. I think the best thing you can do for your health, your self-esteem and, let's face it, your social life, is to take care of this issue before anyone else needs to lose as much weight as I did.
To keep focused, I will ask that we not turn this into a discussion about society imposing unrealistic standards of health and beauty, etc., etc. Feel free to start that forum on your own if you want.
This will be exclusively about providing support for people who want to lose weight, ask questions related to that topic, etc.
And if you like your body how it is, you're ahead of the game. Just realize you cannot convince other people to do the same if they don't.
My story is sort of told on my recent blog entry on jeffwalsh.com.