For years I was not comfortable with other people touching me. No backrubs, hugs limited to family and then with as little touching as I could get away with.
Anyhow, I think part of the problem is that many fatties are so uncomfortable in their own skin, that they shrink away from human physical contact.
It took a friend of mine who was a hug-monster to teach me to endure and finally come to love hugs. It was well worth the work of forcing myself to hug people. And I also think that was one of my first steps on the road to fat acceptance. Other people didn’t shrink away in horror at the thought of hugging me — so why should I have my panties in such a bunch over my body?
Hugging is such a goodness; and personally, I think hugging a fat person is extra-comforting. I think it takes folks back to their childhood when a hug was enveloping!
Simple human contact is important to everyone! So your hugs are not just something good for yourself, you are helping someone else too. Win-win!
So give it a try; and keep at it, because it is sooooo worth it.