Well, when I was younger (before puberty), I was chunky. Eventually, at about 15, my JW elder dad and mom found out about that "Fit for Life" diet that came out in maybe 1989, it may have been around longer. Well, with me on the diet, pioneering, going to school, and working part time, I lost all the weight, sure it had to do with the change of eating habits, but it also had to do with me growing up. My point is, my parents thought I was too thin (I am 5 feet tall, and fluctuated between 102-105 lbs). They wanted me to be 105 and no lighter. So, they started weighing me every day, and if I dropped to 103.5, they forced me to eat cookies and junk late at night and they also told me to stop walking! I remember eating lemon cookies mom made after a Tuesday night meeting. The next day, my dad weighed me, I was still 103.5! You know what, that night, I would have to eat more fattening foods so as to make my parents happy.
Here it was, I was so busy and active, that my metabilism was much improved. Yet, I was so distraught about this, eventually I developed an eating disorder, because I wanted to have control over my eating, not them. I guess weight issues are something I grew up with. I have wasted so much time on worrying about it!
When I was 23, I got pregnant with my daughter (she is 11 now), I was 87 lbs! Yikes, I looked awful. But, from then on, I stopped doing what I was doing even though it will always be in your mind. At the rate I was going right before I got prego, I was on a self destructive path.
If the JWs are going to somehow mind control people about weight, l am example of what may happen. I do not blame my parents for all of this, but it did start in my example above. These days, I workout regularly and I try to stay at 110, its a healthy weight for me, keeps the color in my cheeks. It took a long time to accept that 110 was a "good" weight for me.
I have friends of all different body shapes and sizes. Its important to feel good in your own skin!
Sorry for my book, have not talked about this in a long time.