The Elephant in the Room

Beth Burnett hosted my guest post about living in an obese body in October. I’d like to share it with my readers here today.

Beth Burnett

The Elephant in the Room

By Sonya Schryer Norris

elephant-3223522_640 Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

I’m big.

Real big.

Real, real big.

And recently I had a revelation about what my fat body is capable of. I have a belief born of hard experience that if I do so much as basic housework my back will go out and I’ll be in agony. I’ve had back pain since a childhood playground injury, but it is exacerbated by poor conditioning and obesity. It’s not polite to talk about fat, even when you’re talking about yourself.


This summer, on a five day prescription for Prednisone due to a nasty case of bronchitis, I cleaned out closets, rooms, corners, bookshelves, and drawers. I moved stack after stack of books, and bags and boxes of clothes. I sorted “stuff” and carted my own piles to recycling or trash or the car to take…

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