Bobby: Yes I always try and be very skinny, but that’s just something that I like to do — it always works!
Did you always like to practice belly dancing?
Bobby: Yes, I was always very small in my infancy until I went to the gym to be thin. And I was always really thin!
What made you go to the gym?
Bobby: A friend was teaching me how to do belly dance at a local dance studio. So I just went there to learn how to do it, but then I ended up being a belly dancer for a little while. And also as a boy I did the belly dance at some of the little places I was hanging out at growing up, including the one I went to when I was 12 years old.
Did anyone ever tell you that dancing was too weird for you?
Bobby: No I wasn’t, I had grown up playing sports with my brothers and sisters — ballet, tennis, football — and had a lot of fun doing dance around our town. I was always the one who was dancing around, so people assumed I was good!
Did your grandma ever look at you like you might be fat?
Bobby: Yeah her parents always made fun of me and made fun of my weight.
Did her parents ever tell you that dancing was so bad for girls?
Bobby: I was never told that at all.
Wasn’t doing belly dancing considered too old for your daughter?
Bobby: Not really at all. My daughter was 6 during all of my weight-loss, and she was into ballet — which was a big part of her childhood.
Did you get into any weight-loss contests during your teens?
Bobby: Oh yes, I was always a huge competitor in dance. I never really had weight concerns but I always liked the competition aspect. Plus it was fun and made me feel young again.
Were you one of the last fat kids in class?
Bobby: No, a few of my classmates did weigh more than me, but none of them really lost much weight — like I was so skinny, there was some of that stigma from other kids.
Did other kids bully you because of your weight?
Bobby: I knew a girl who had gone to college for several years in Minnesota who was much thinner than me but still had friends who made fun of
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