Update from the (former) "gay gainer"

You may remember that a couple of weeks ago, I published an interview I did with Zack Jordan, whom I met when he reached out to me on Facebook after reading my book. He told me he was a "gay gainer," someone who tries to gain mondo weight because he thinks it would fulfill him.

This morning, I got this from him, which I'm sharing with his permission:

This is Zack Jordan. You wrote a blog post about me. Well, about two weeks ago I decided to give up on trying to gain weight. I felt like crap half the time, it was getting harder to do my job, and I was tired of my clothes feeling too tight. Plus, I wasn't happy with the way I was looking. I thought I'd like it but in the end i didn't. So now I'm dieting and trying to exercise more. I weighed myself on Sunday and I lost 4 pounds, so now I'm down to 205. Well, that's about all for now. Thought you might like to know. I'm trying to consume about 1500 cal per day. Take care, Zack

Though I hadn't liked Zack's choice, and had tried, in the post, to point out what I thought were its flaws, I do believe in the right of each individual to make her or his own choices, so long as they don't harm others.

It's true that cumulatively, we do pay the higher health-care costs that result from obesity, and that does amount to harm of a sort, I still respected that Zack seemed to know what he was doing and that he thought it was his best choice.

As I told him this morning, I'm delighted that he decided to make a different choice. I have no doubt that healthier is better, and that within a wholesome discipline, thinner is healthier.


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