Obesity isn't the opposite of anorexia. It's its twin.
I found THIS article tonight and here are the points I found interesting:
1. We see these THREE things separate problems with separate solutions; eating disorders, a general cultural anxiety about food and weight, and the rising obesity rates. Yet they all stem from the SAME root.
2. We tend to look at people with anorexia with sympathy because it reads like a victory. A superhuman feat - to live beyond foods emotional highs and lows. And they can live in their recovery without people knowing their struggle. Even though they hate their body hard, they are the only ones doing the hating.
3. For the obese person, they are considered lazy and deserving of public harassment, even though their emotional struggle is just as intense as it is for someone with anorexia. Its almost never recognized that obesity is an eating disorder too.
4. And then you have the people in the middle, who carry an unhealthy relationship with food. They don't do it to the point where it rises to the level of a diagnosis so therefore, it's invisible.
Do you think that all people who use food or weight to cope are worthy of compassion, whether they are fat or thin? Why do you think we treat them differently?