Was talking to a friend earlier today about obesity in this society. At one point, she questioned why judgmental attitudes towards overweight and obese people seem to be the socially acceptable "hate"in this country (whereas as racism, ageism, sexism, etc. are not socially accepted). I told her that at in many cases of obesity (not ALL, but many), people can actually do something about their weight. They just choose not to. I'm not talking about the 600lb. woman that is close to death and needs weight loss surgery to save her life. I'm not talking about that man whose metabolism is shot, yet he works out everyday and eats right. No, I was speaking of those that are actually are able to lose a great deal of weight on their own, but complain about their size while eating absolute junk wherever they want, whenever they want. These are the ones that can actually do something about their situation, yet they choose not too because losing the weight may be "too hard". It reminds me of that MadTV skit, "Eat Less, Move More" with Christa Flanagan. It's this segment of the overweight population that kind of ruins it for ALL overweight and obese people. Point is, you can't do crap about your ethnicity, age, or gender. Most can do something about their weight though, and that is why prejudice towards overweight people seems to be more socially accepted than any of the other prejudices I've mentioned. Nevertheless, my friend appeared shocked (and perhaps mildly offended?) that I had said that. I was simply stating my opinion on the question she raised. What are your thoughts on the whole thing?Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 2:30 PM on Dec. 2, 2010 in Just for Fun
Answer by bjojola at 2:32 PM on Dec. 2, 2010
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Answer by an-apple-a-day at 2:36 PM on Dec. 2, 2010
I think you are right, it is socially accepted to "bad-mouth" obese people. It shouldn't be okay. I keep hearing about how obese people are a drain on healthcare and I still disagree that fat=unhealthy. However, I think some people do get to the point where they are so obese that they cannot even function on their own and I think this is ridiculous. It is, as you said, essentially the individuals decision to allow themselves to be that way. BUT, it is their life decision. They shouldn't be attakced for choosing that any more than someone who chooses to be a Lutheran or someone who chooses to work for the IRS. If we are really a tolerant, equal-oppurtunity nation, then we cannot be pregidous against any LIFE CHOICES.
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