LinkedIn Q&A of the Day: “So I lost 40 pounds…”

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Stella Madniak asks:

So I lost 40 pounds dont ask and now I feel more marketable - even when I am naked - I know this is a professional web site - but this too is a professional question

It’s a funny question, but a legitimate one. Being in the weight loss process myself at the moment (20 pounds so far), I can definitely relate.

The sad reality is that prejudice against overweight people – “weightism” – not only exists, it’s widespread and, perhaps worst of all, it’s considered at least somewhat socially acceptable. In fact… it’s not even prohibited by law!

So yes, if you’ve lost weight, an updated photo of the thinner you may help you get in the door… but don’t update your photo just for that. Update your photo because YOU feel good about the new you and want to present yourself online at your best… as you are now, not the old you. Don’t do it for other people — do it for own sake!


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  1. Resonates likely with people who would widely be considered thin and good looking by others. We all tend to be a bit more critical of ourselves.

    15 years ago I was significantly heavier than I am now and I would connect with clients first by phone to avoid walking in the door and being pre-judged. Once I showed up on site,

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