“Fatso” comment from stranger spurs Irish author (36) to lose almost 10 stone: “It made me feel completely and utterly worthless”
Published 18/12/2015 | 06:00
A cruel comment from a stranger was the final straw for Irish writer Brendan Walsh who was inspired to lose almost ten stone after he was harassed while on Valentine’s date.
Brendan Walsh (36) revealed he felt “completely worthless” after a group of people in a Dublin restaurant mocked him for his size as he was on a date with his former partner.
“Myself and my partner at the time were out for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day,” said Brendan, who is from Stoneybatter in Dublin.
“I was walking back from the bar to the table in the restaurant where we were eating and a group at one table began to call me names.
“Names I used to hear in school all those years ago. One of them stood up and began to mimic me. Arms out, blown out cheeks, swaying from side to side as they walked. All his friends were laughing.
“I pretended I didn’t notice them and continued walking back to our table. My partner seeing I was a little shaken and upset asked what was wrong and I brushed it off but it did affect me. It made me feel completely and utterly worthless,” he said.
At his heaviest Brendan revealed that his weight tipped the scales at 22 stone, which he said completely rocked his confidence throughout his twenties.
“When I think back to my twenties, in my mind they are gone because I was so self conscious of my size. I was so worried about eating in public and was always wondering what people were thinking of me.
“I had gotten to a size where I had to begin ordering my clothes from the US and that is not a good feeling.
“My family and friends say I’m a completely different person now,” he said.
The writer credits Weight Watchers for transforming his attitude to food and revealed that he now feels ill when he thinks of his old ways.
“I spent so many years abusing my body with food, alcohol and cigarettes and now I feel queasy when I think of what I used to eat.
“Before a typical midweek day would have consisted of a breakfast roll for breakfast, either another roll or sandwich for lunch, usually with lots of mayo and cheese and of course crisps and a sugary soft drink on the side, and dinner typically would have been something fairly substantial like steak and chips with a couple of slices of bread,” said Brendan.
“I still have my treats and the odd spice bag now, but afterwards I must admit it doesn’t feel good,” he said.
Formerly, Brendan admitted that exercise was not on the cards, but now walking is one of his utmost priorities in an effort to control his weight.
The author revealed that the new found confidence that came with his massive weight loss helped him land a publishing deal and his first book became an Irish bestseller.
“My confidence has soared since losing this weight and it definitely helped me when it came to meetings with publishers. Now I’m working on my second book,” said Brendan.
“I am 35, but I feel like my twenties only began two years ago. I’m finally enjoying life.”