Ann Vincent cropMy name is Ann Vincent.  I am 59, a Community Counselor and currently at the University of South Wales studying Psychology and Counselling – albeit it late in life.

I have been obese for almost as long as I can remember.  My first memories of comfort eating was being 4 years old and stealing kiddies’ sweets from my parent’s shop and sitting outside eating them.  I followed this pattern for 50 years.  I had bariatric surgery 5 years ago and lost nine stone.   I can confidently say it was life changing. I found confidence, self-respect and self-esteem I had never known before.

This made me realise how differently people treated me, and I wanted to understand more about why obese people are stigmatised, bullied and discriminated against, hence my choice of subject to study at university.  I am currently undertaking a small research study looking to identify whether low self-worth is common to most obsess people.

I joined OEN because I am passionate about changing the psychological and social issues obese people face in their lives, every day – all day.  OEN are currently working towards that and I am proud to be a part of that.