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"People who are obese or overweight have
an increased risk of heart disease, hypertension and diabetes," says Mary Ann Bauman,
MD, a spokeswoman for the American
Heart Association.

Enduring Body Shaming

Ever since she was a little girl growing up
in the Midwest, Greegor struggled with her
weight-and insults about her size.
When she was in elementary school, her
father repeatedly called her fat.
"I didn't even know what fat meant," she
says. "He was calling me that, and I didn't
realize there was a negative connotation to
what my body shape was."
Her father apologized later in life, but the
comments took a toll.
"It was probably the first time in my life when
I realized that the way I look had something to
do with how much I was loved," Greegor says.
Her classmates joined in on the meanness.
In third grade, when she asked a crush to be
her boyfriend, he replied, "I wouldn't be your
boyfriend. You're fat."
In eighth grade, another classmate said,
"Why don't you lose some weight, fatso?"
"It was a pretty devastating time for me,"
Greegor says.
In high school and college, she struggled
with anxiety and depression, which manifested in substance abuse, suicidal thoughts
and weight gain. Things got better for a while
after she changed colleges; she made a few
friends, lost some weight and later met the
man she went on to marry in 2000.
But a couple of years into the marriage,
her mental health problems flared up
again-this time with severe panic attacks
and overeating.
"I couldn't drive. I couldn't leave the
house," she says. "I was eating constantly."
Then, Kerrigan arrived in 2003, and the
new mom decided to change her life.
"My approach to weight loss was: I want to
fix the root issues," she says. "In order to fix
my weight, I actually have to fix me, and that's
going to require all of these massive changes."
Greegor got a divorce, moved and changed
careers, leaving a job that made her miserable.
She dove into filmmaking and writing.
SPRING 2020 VIM & VIGOR

My approach to
weight loss was:
I want to fix
the root issues.
In order to fix
my weight, I
actually have to
fix me, and that's
going to require
all of these
massive changes.
-Steph Greegor



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