Our expert says:
Cheer up, this too can be solved. It's good that you have recognized the potential impact of this problem on your future career at this stage, rather than later. Sounds like lack of confidence and self-estem, shyness, maybe even social phobia. Prettiness has nothing much to do with it --- I know some marvellous by ugly people with superb self-confidence.
I don't think you lack confidence because you're overweight --- you feel overweight because you lack confidence. And as you know, when you think about it, far from there being many people out there judging you, the truth is that most of them don't even notice you, and probably wouldn't even pay attention if you painted yourself bright green and ran down the road. The children want to like their teacher, and will do so, if you give them any chance to do so. As you're observing now, watch how the other teacher interacts with them, and how seldom the kids are worrying about her weight or shape !
What you do need, though, is to see a counsellor, a psychologist, to talk through this, and find ways to improve your self-confidence and self-image --- so that you can start liking you as much as the rest of us do already.
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