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Do you ever find yourself judging someone else who is overweight? Are you ever distracted by or cond

Thursday, October 04, 2012

I had a tough day yesterday so I decided a blog promt was in order today. I hope you enjoy my blog. Feel free to comment or answer the questions yourself.


Thursday, October 04, 2012
Today’s Blog/Journal Prompts
Do you ever find yourself judging someone else who is overweight? Are you ever distracted by or condescending towards someone who is 100+ pounds overweight? How do you feel when you see a morbidly obese person at a buffet or restaurant?

These are interesting questions. I do not judge people that are overweight. I am a little distracted but never condescending. I think when I see someone overweight I see myself in them. I see them struggling to walk, out of breath and maybe even see the unhappy look on their face. I remember how it felt to be so big you do not fit through small areas or do not fit in chairs. I remember the fear that a chair might break if I sit in it. I remember feeling like people were staring at me when I was eating. I want to walk up to them and hug them! I want to tell them that I know just how they feel. It is not judging on my part but sadness for the person. I am sad they have not gotten to a point where they want to change. Sometimes I wonder if they have begun to eat healthy. Maybe they are like me and are overweight but might be eating good healthy food and exercising. Maybe they are on their way to getting fit and happy.
I don’t see people at buffets because we do not go to them anymore. However if I see an overweight person eating something very unhealthy I am sad. It gives me a glimpse of my past self. It shows me what I never want to go back to.
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    I am guilty of this, and I fully admit that I am projecting feelings on them that I feel toward myself. When I am able to catch myself in this horrible habit, I do try to tell myself that perhaps they are healthier than I am or something to that effect. I wish I didn't do this but it's so spontaneous.
    1563 days ago
    Interesting emoticon
    1563 days ago
    I understand this feeling. It reminds me of where I have come from and to be honest a bit, of where I never want to be. I think I feel the saddest is when I see other people staring or making comments. Do those people really think you can't hear their mean words, or see their rude gestures. We all do, and trust me the person it's being said about they hear it to.
    1564 days ago
    I agree 100% with PMRUNNER - probably the only time I feel sad for someone overweight/obese is when it's a child whose parents are feeding them junk.
    1567 days ago
    I have seen large people eating at restaurants. But I would NEVER say or comment or be rude. Everyone has a right to live their lives as they see fit.
    1567 days ago
  • 2009-2016
    I second your emotions. I love your compassionate stance, and I try to do the same. Would that we all could walk in each other's shoes, or see another's plight as clearly as you.

    1567 days ago
    This is a tough one! Whether you know the other person well or not, it is easy to let some judgment slip in. I try to be more conscious about judging it so that I can squelch it when I recognize that I am doing it.

    I still have a hard time when I see overweight parents with overweight kids. Or when I see a couple pushing their baby in a carriage and they are both smoking. I know I am not a perfect parent, but I do try to teach my children healthy habits!
    1568 days ago
    I said I am sad for them... :) not that they are sad looking or anything. Just makes me feel for them. I know how they might feel. I looked very happy when I was overweight but now I know I was not. However I had to change my lifestyle to realize that.
    1568 days ago
    No judgement here...I've been there.
    1568 days ago
  • JANDK156
    Assuming they're sad? Isn't that sort of jedging them? Feeling sad for them is your feeling, so you know how you feel. My darts captain is big, but there's nothing sad about her. I doubt she likes her weight but she's a very happy person, and eats and drinks a lot of crap (in my opinion). I think maybe assuming fat people are sad is projecting our own feelings of sadness about our own weight onto them because we got to a place where our size made us sad, and not necessarily how THEY feel.
    1568 days ago
    Thanks for sharing everyone!!!

    I love all your responses.
    1568 days ago
  • CCHEF1
    Been overweight, so why would I judge someone else who is in that position? emoticon

    I sometimes feel a little sad, even irritated, by the prevalence of obesity in our culture. I used to want to help change that but learned I cannot help anyone else to stay out of obesity, only myself.
    1568 days ago
    "I see myself in them." Such sweet, kind, empathetic words.

    When I see someone who is overweight, I see someone who has not been given tools to deal with their emotions. I see someone who has learned to turn to food for joy, anger, sadness, and stress.

    1568 days ago
    I wish I could honestly say that I never judge them, but sometimes I do...I'm trying to get over it, but have a ways to go... Perhaps I'm hardest on people I see eating a lot of junk food, because I didn't do that; instead I got fat on "proper meals".
    1568 days ago
    Thank you for sharing this blog. It is really important to not be judgmental, but to be supportive and kind instead.
    1568 days ago
  • KALLEN5321
    I'm with you on this one. When I see someone who is overweight, I feel a little sad for them. Being overweight can be so limiting, and trying to lose weight can be difficult. I've been on both sides of the aisle and see education as the key.
    1568 days ago
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