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From Michelle, Age 14

One thing a lot of larger children have problems with is acceptance by themselves and their peers. To a lot of younger people on this board, it gets easier. I have lost some weight, but I still believe if I hadn't, things (socially)would have still gotten better for me. I know that a lot of people pick on you. Right now I have a boyfriend who loves me, lots of friends, and a happy social life. Just because you are bigger than most kids doesn't mean you have to stay holed up in your room all weekend. Get out and enjoy life. Have fun. That's what being a kid is all about.