Friday, February 15, 2013
No, not for me. A girl I knew in high school has been posting on her facebook about going in for weight loss surgery (I'm not sure which type exactly). This morning she posted "Post-op appointment went well, lost 20 pounds in one week!" Most of the comments are to the effect of "That's great!", "Congrats!", "You're doing great!", "Amazing!", "That's awesome!".
Now, I'm not judging her for getting the surgery - I'm not in her place so I can't say what I would or would not have done if I were her. But the responses sort of shocked me. Someone goes through a medical procedure and then loses a significant amount of weight very quickly - an amount that would be deemed unhealthy under most standards, and the reaction is to congratulate that person on their "accomplishment".
And it's not just surgery. I've seen times when someone says "I was so sick last week I couldn't eat anything, but I lost 5 pounds", and others respond with "wow, way to go!"
I'm not sure where I'm going with this, but it seems strange to congratulate and encourage weight loss just because it's weight loss, without any consideration of the health of the person going through it. Is being overweight that bad that any means of shedding it should be considered a good thing? Or, rather, has our society gotten to the point where being overweight is so despised that any method of shrinking is acceptable?