I was coming back to work after a two month sick leave due to gastroenterological problems that made me lose a lot of weight. Even though I have always maintained a healthy weight during the 9 years I worked in that office, many people noticed my weight loss and commented: Wow, you look gorgeous! If you were taller, you could be a model! What gym did you go to? and so on… at some point, I lost patience and I politely told off a co-worker, saying that this weight loss was due to illness.
But it was a guy with whom I had a brief affair many years ago, when I was young and single. His answer: “You’re the first woman I see who gets angry when told that she lost weight. If I hadn’t seen you naked, I’d swear there is a penis under that skirt!” So because I am displeased when people mistake a serious disease that makes ingesting food a torture, for a desire to look like one of those anorexic models, I must be a dude. #MFIF