What did you expect? I don't say that to be unkind, but realistic. Nothing we do online is ever secret. We might feel like it is, but everything is ultimately public. Private e-mails are not private, nothing is. Search engines and websites like http://archive.org/wayback
have cached copies of webpages going back years.
Beyond that, all it takes is for someone to copy and paste something we've said in an e-mail or online and it can take on a life of its own.
That said, you can take steps to make your information more private here. It won't help what may have already been cached by Google and other search engines, but it will protect future information as much as anything can be protected online.
1. Go to MY FATSECRET
2. Click MY ACCOUNT.
3. Scroll down to SHARE MY WEIGHT JOURNAL & CALENDAR,
4. Select KEEP PRIVATE option
5. Scroll down and click the SAVE button.
It probably won't keep your profile completely private, but it will at least hide the details.
But before you throw the baby out with the bathwater, think about this...
The downside is, you lose accountability with others, and that is an integral part of weight loss. We each need a support system, and if you don't have one at home or in your community, this is a good place to find it.
And if we're truthful with ourselves, is it really a secret we're fat? I say it's time to lose the pride and just worry about doing all that we can to make ourselves healthier. If taking part in an online community helps us do that, then take full advantage of that community.
My husband and I have always been open books, both in our real lives and online; it's no secret what we weigh, and we share our struggles. We know we've helped others by doing so, and that motivates us.
Just some things to think about.