I'm a new grad who has recently started working at a local bookstore. I absolutely love it there — my job is fantastic and my co-workers are wonderful. Lately though, one of my female co-workers has been making some comments about my weight that quite frankly make me feel awkward and uncomfortable. Whenever a customer asks me where the weight-loss section is, my co-worker will say something like, "Oh, don't send her over there; she might try to actually go on one of those diets;" the other day, when I bought a Snickers on my break, the woman said, "Oh, is that yours? Good. Buy five more of them, you're so darn skinny." Added to these incidents are the little remarks like, "Oh, where's [my name]? Look hard for her . . . if you turned her sideways, she'd completely disappear," as well as remarks about my 12+ years of vegetarianism and regular workouts.
I'm 5 foot 5 and weigh about 110 pounds, so I've never considered myself fat, but I don't think I'm so desperately skinny as to be warranting comments like this. I'm a vegetarian because I'm morally opposed to meat; I work out because I consider it part of a healthy lifestyle. I know this might sound like a case of "poor little thin girl," but I'm honestly really embarrassed by my co-worker's comments and feel really awkward and don't know how to react when she says something. My co-worker is somewhat plump and has a few health issues, so I don't know if she considers her words compliments, but either way, I'm tired of being told I'm too thin and am interested about different ways to handle these remarks.