From a previous blog post I wrote on the issue of weight and tolerance:
Issues of weight have recently been a topic of discussion in my circles and I would like to address them. There seems to be a growing animosity, an arrogant rejection of the plight of the overweight. People insist “fat” people are not discriminated against in the same way that a gay person or a black person is.
If you are overweight you are automatically assumed to be stupid, lazy and unattractive. It is assumed that you lack self control, you overeat, you are unhealthy and you don’t care. You are denied jobs, called names and you are treated differently. You are forced to live in a world that does not accept or accommodate your size, no different than a “little person.” Take a look at what is offered for clothing for the large … you move from beautiful colour and shapes in “regular” sizes to dull uninteresting limited “sacs.” Evidently when you are large you are not expected to ever go out or to enjoy looking nice. I recently read a written comment, “a gay person cannot help being gay, but a fat person can diet.” Continue reading