Updated: January 28, 2023
To get a better idea of what it’s really like to online date while overweight, I talked to a variety of daters and was surprised by the diversity of experiences and opinions. There were a few key takeaways that shaped their experiences and how they approached meeting someone online:
1. Learning to Address the Realities
Many of those who are considered overweight go online knowing that there are some people who have already decided not to be with them, even before seeing a single picture or having a single conversation. But they aren’t just dealing with the reality of people rejecting them because of their weight, they’re also handling interactions with those who pursue them because of it.
2. Picking the Right Photos
We all want to look our best while trying to attract our potential dates and mates. When it comes to picking photos, though, those who are overweight have a split in philosophies regarding how much of themselves to show.
3. Navigating Early Conversations
Online dating is more than window shopping. As many pretty faces as there are, ultimately the point is to talk to someone else and find out if you want to meet them. Melanie made sure her conversations mentioned her weight at some point so that it was out in the open early.
4. Finding Someone Who Values You
Despite the ups and downs of dating, there’s still good people out there genuinely interested in connecting. That rings true for most of us who have gone through frustrating periods while online dating, only to discover good connections, have good dates, and find good candidates for both hook-ups and relationships.
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