Size Matters? I was the Shortest Kid, then became Very Fat

By Prakhar Tandon

This article is dedicated to all those people who’ve ever in there life at any point of time been teased or humiliated because of there physical appearance and size.

To all those girls who have sat at the back of the class eating there lunch alone, those boys who have ever been laughed at.

Just to let you guys know that if you think I am writing this to show my Philosophical Gyan, it’s wrong (partially).

You see I have actually experienced these things in my life, first being shortest kid in class, then suddenly gaining weight and becoming a laughing stock for everyone. So yes, I am very well aware of what I am talking.

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Before we proceed- Just thought I should mention, this article does not only covers physically un-fit people (like me). But also all those people who have been tagged as un-fit by our ‘society’.

So let’s discuss the reasons, problems and solution as to why? Why does it matter so much?


In my first year of college, I had studied a subject called Psychology. There was a topic in it, named as Prejudice. We human beings are prejudiced, because that’s how we’re brought up.

When I was small my mom used to say “don’t over eat or you’ll become like that motu uncle’. This is how turned, as of what we our today. Judging anyone and everyone by there physical appearance.

If our parents have been decent enough not to guide us in that direction then surely our friends do the deed.

Many times when we fall in the wrong friend circle, wherein we are forced to prejudiced and judgmental. Just because we are scared, that if we will talk to that person what would our friends say.

Internet. I don’t want to sound like a parent, but it’s true. Where everything has a good side (which it has many), there are many negative points with it as well.

The world of entertainment has just been so beautiful that now we’re obsessed with it. We want our world to be like that as well, and when well people around us are not that kind we are pissed.


According to a survey, out of every three cases of suicide reported every 15 minutes in India, one is committed by a youth in the age group of 15 to 29.

Out of these youths many of them seem to commit suicide due to depression, not getting approval of the society they live it. These statistics are startling for a developing country like India.

We young people often think that solution to every problem is Alcohol and Drugs. But we forget that this addiction would just lead us nowhere but to the path of becoming a ‘Devdas’ (or Devdasi whatever suits you). And we all know what happened with him.


Recently I read a book called ‘The Fault in Our Stars’. The male protagonist in the book Augustus Waters inspired me a lot (not like it to the girls though). And there’s a line in the book that says – “I am roller coaster that only go’s up”.

Don’t you think we all should be a bit like him, he was definitely not the most physically fit person, but then too he was Grand! What I actually mean is, obviously you can’t change what others think about you, but you can certainly change how it affects you. It’s all up you.

To those, who under parent pressure or friend-circle pressure often do what others do. It leads you nowhere my friends, you’ll just end up being a puppet that always has a different master.


Author’s Note: I know it is pathetically written and lacks direction, but I hope many of you will understand what message I try to convey. In the end, just ask yourself “Does really Size matters?”

If he/she is just not good looking according to you he can’t even be your friend. What he can be is just a laughing stock among others? Why do we forget that God created all of us equally, for him all of us are beautiful. It is us who differentiate.

 Anyways, too much of serious talks, and yes a little piece of advice to all my friends who think they’re not good enough – You’re awesome!

So yeah, be a bit more like Alan Shore (don’t copy him literally, or you’ll end up in jail)

“Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.”

 – Yoda (Star Wars)

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