Last night, I went out to dinner with my boyfriend, his parents, and my mom. We went to this awesome Mexican restaurant not far from our apartment.
After the appetizers and entrée, I got really bloated. I was so uncomfortable. Bad bloating, like my stomach was being pumped with water. So, I did something that I usually am shy about doing, especially in public. I had to pop open the top button of my jeans and unzip them. Yes, the bloating was that bad.
My blouse was tucked in, so everyone could see I was undoing my jeans. I tried being as discreet as possible, but we were sitting on high chairs, so there wasn’t much room to hide it. My mom then says, “Laurie, have some manners! Exposing yourself like that in front of everyone!”
My boyfriend’s mom then commented, “A girl’s gotta get some room sometimes.”
My mom then replied, “She needs to go on a diet. She’s been looking like a doughgirl lately.”
I was so embarrassed. My boyfriend and his dad stayed quiet through the whole thing. I felt miserable. What my mom said made it worse. I had an eating disorder back in my 20s, and managed to get back out of it, (I’m now a slightly pudgy 5’6", 160 lbs) but I’m healthy. Why would she make a statement like that?
I’ve also had mild IBS since college, and I tend to bloat at the most random times, like last night.
I’m just so upset about this, and embarrassed.