Sunday, February 21, 2010
It was just another cruel, ignorant post about fat people on a message board- they're ignorant slobs who could lose weight if they just ate a little less, and got off their fat, lazy asses. And not only that, but fat people, through their laziness, intransigence, and stupidity, were causing everyone's medical insurance to go up.
Well, for some reason, I just snapped at that one- maybe it was one too many of those types of messages. So I wrote a little post of my own. I pointed out that predjuidice and stereotyping are actually the sign of a lazy mind. That many overweight people stuggle with weight loss. That while it's not healthy to be obese, the greatest consumers of medical care are elderly, and those at the end of life, and I don't think anyone begrudges them the care that they need. And some other stuff that I won't go into, but I'm afraid that it wasn't very nice.
I didn't bother to see if anyone replied- that post was for me. And I felt better, and more enerjetic than I had all day- I took a walk around the block, and shortly after that, I joined SparkPeople.
Sometimes I think that we spend too much time trying to be nice. And internalizing the negative stereotypes and shaming that other people put on us. Sometimes I think that getting mad, and fighting back can give us energy we need for our weight loss efforts.