Thinly veiled attemps to define success

Thinly veiled attemps to define success

How do you judge if someone is successful or not?

I know it's tempting to spout some homily about how success lies in the eye of the beholder, but the brutal reality is we do define success fairly narrowly in the local context.

So the kid who has achieved academic success and who's going to a top school is considered successful.

The chap with the Ferraris, Lamborghinis and a couple of Maseratis in his garage, and the woman who looks fabulous juggling a career and bringing up super smart kids singlehandedly?

Yup, they are our current notion of the people who've got a good gig going.

So what if you don't fall into these preset ideals of what our society considers success?

What if instead of being a svelte successful career woman with two kids in a branded school, you are 30, single, and grossly obese?

So much so that you need help cleaning up after yourself and you haven't worked a single day of your life because you can't come out of your room?

We went looking for people to talk to us about being severely overweight this week.

We wanted to show how hard it could be - physically, emotionally and mentally - especially after stories this week of a 200 kg woman who died in her sleep.

Considering that obesity is on the rise here, it was unexpectedly difficult to get people to come forward and allow their pictures to be taken. I salute the two who did come through.

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