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most likely, but what group of people aren't victims of prejudice somewhere?

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Yes there is prejudice against overweight people. But in all honesty it is a social acceptable prejudice. People are outraged when a person of color or a person that is disabled gets some sort of remark or a mean behavior directed at them but when the same thing is done to an overweight person it is funny. As an overweight child I was told that since I couldnt loose weight then I had to suck it up and grow a thicker skin because i would always be fat. However, now that I am older and wiser I dont have to suck it up any longer I have to defend me and my right to harassment free but I also have a responsibility to other overweight people to defend them also. The world is cruel but we dont have to just sit and smile because we are overweight we can demand respect for ourselves as a person .

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I kind of do think so.

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Yes, I think so. I also believe underweight people are subject to prejudice in our current society.

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Absolutely. I find myself doing it. It's media indoctrination. Anyone bigger than me is lazy, anyone smaller than me is starving. It's one of those things that I know is untrue. I'm not sure people can escape biases they are raised with; I'm not sure a person raised racist or classist or biased in other ways can truly escape their knee-jerk reaction. What we CAN do, as intelligent and compassionate human beings, is recognize that we HAVE these mental flaws, and stop ourselves from acting on them. Catching ourselves before we make off-hand fat jokes. Refraining from racist jokes. Consciously giving people the benefit of the doubt or re-seeing them when I notice I've made a snap judgement...these are things I can do.

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Yes. I see it all the time and have been the brunt of it as well.

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Yes....I see it on a daily basis...

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Yes! And we can help stop it by our actions and examples!!!!

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absolutely. I have been discriminated against most of my life. People give you looks if you eat or exercise or whatever. I have become good at ignoring it, but still, it's rude.



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Yes. I used to teach yoga, and had one student ask me (with a derisive look on her face), "Is this going to be a challenging yoga class?" As if to say, "You're teaching? You? Really? They couldn't find a skinny yoga teacher for this slot?"





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Yes I want to say no, but when your out you can't help but see it emoticon

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Yes. They will not give a heavy person a job. They will surely give it to someone skinny.

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No doubt. If you have two qualified people for a job in front of you they will likely hire the thinner one. I think you can make people like you but I have seen when thin people give advice that a heavy person gave already somehow it means more to them when the thin person gives it! I have seen this in the past too.

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There is definitely discrimination against overweight folks. Many people have a negative view of heavier people. It can be painful.

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Unfortunately yes there is.

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Yes - absolutely - I experienced it as a child and as an adult.

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Yes When I was an overweight kid the chant was "Fatty fatty 2 by 4 Couldn't get through the bathroom door...." I won't finish the rhyme.
Let's see if your fat you are lazy, stupid, smelly,weak willed, ugly, fair game for abuse , less than human and on and on.
I have to remind myself that I am smart, not lazy or stupid, have good hygiene habits, strong willed, and tend to go berserk if something is not fair or just (in my opinion), and I am a good person, I try to treat people with respect and I expect to be respected back , and yet I still need to tell myself I am good enough.

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Yes. Look how some people are reluctant to accept the recent determination by the AMA that obesity is a disease. Many feel excess weight is just a matter of a lack of will-power.

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I live in the Caribbean and we do have some prejudice here but I don't think as much as you guys.



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Heck YES!!! I have had people yell out their car windows for me to join jenny craig. I have gone into job interviews knowing i am 100% qualified for this position only not to get it. And the worst is the stores! There is only Addition-Elle and Penningtons that has a large selection of younger plus sized clothing for everyday wear in my city and they are too expensive for a girl on a budget. I can name 3 stores that sell plus sizes in their US catalogs or Websites but refuse to carry in store here in Canada! Old Navy, Target, and Victoria Secret. And finding plus sized workout clothes at a reasonable price now a days is impossible in Edmonton. I refuse to go into skinny people stores. Also just so you know i once asked a cashier at Lululemon why they never carry plus sized yoga wear and i was told there wasnt a need for them! I looked at her and said have you looked around you... 8 out of 10 adult women are over-weight and while i dont know about the others if i have the proper clothing i would do yoga. I love yoga. Thanks for reading my rant. I just wish i had workout clothes so i can go back to the gym (mine all have holes in inappropriate places)

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I would say yes. When you look at television and movies, they really do not portray us very well. It is always to nice slender woman that gets the man. They have now heavy woman as models, but they do not show them as much.

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Just look at the responses from the recent classification of obesity as a disease! 'nuff said!

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I think that there is a great a prejudice against overweight people. Even though at times, the prejudice can be very subtle.



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Sure there is. I remember shopping for size 14 jeans and being asked if I was in a ``family way". How humiliating. And I hate to make assumptions, but I almost feel like I'm targeted in some stores because they think I'm trying to rob the place because of the way I look. I mean except for the front door greeter, do you really think Walmart clerks really have time to ask customers if they need anything? emoticon



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I think there is prejudice against anyone that doesn't fit societies' view of "normal". To make matters worse the social media has made it way too easy for strangers to insult others and protect themselves under the guise of anonymity.

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I find it interesting that even in this thread people were pretty judgemental early on.

It would be great if no one was judged on their size - too small OR too big. But the reality is that we judge both ways. "Put down the fork" and "eat a damned sandwich." Neither are fair and neither look beyond the outer appearance to the person behind the skin.

I find it interesting that it's acceptable to have an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia (on average in society). It's easy to find resources to deal with those. You can shake your head and think, "isn't it too bad that society has created such a poor body image that she thinks she's 50 lbs heavier than she really is!"

Yet eating disorders, like binge eating, that cause people to gain weight are hard to get information and treatment for. It's amusing that if I stuck a finger down my throat after a binge, I'd be worthy of sympathy and treatment. I didn't, though, so I'm a fat, lazy pig.

No one looks at someone overweight and thinks "maybe they have an illness/eating disorder."

Given anorexia and bulimia are usually caused by people thinking they're much heavier than they really are, while they may be in no place to throw stones, they certainly do and most are terrified of becoming overweight. But ALL people judge based on weight an appearance. Even overweight people like me. The percentage of the population that is overweight, underweight, obese, etc has little bearing on prejudices against others and I struggle often with really LOOKING at people of all sizes and trying to accept them rather than immediately jumping to an assumption about them based on their appearance.



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There is. Even at job interviews, it counts if you're just slightly overweight. Some companies hide their prejudices, others go open about this.
It is unfair to think a bigger person is not as healthy as a thin boney one and is more likely to get sick. Although I can see their point with extreme overweight. Just a few pounds shouldn't be a problem, though. And: Why don't they offer something like an exercise room or discount at the gym?

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On the flip side, overweight women tend to be prejudice against thinner woman. I see it all the time on Facebook with the suggested post that now show up on your wall. Anytime there is one that has a picture of an in shape thin woman the comments just get ugly. When did it become okay for anyone to call another person's body gross and disgusting? Also making these comments for her to eat a cheeseburger. All the women making these comments claim to love their "curves", well if you loved your body like you claim you do there would be no need to tear other women down.

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Yes, of course there is prejudice against us. My Mom was very heavy, most of my life. That is until she passed away, from cancer. By that time she was very thin. I had never seen her that thin. But we (me and my 11 Bs&Ss) never thought about fat people vs. skinny people.

Thanks Mom. I can honestly say I am not prejudice, well plus my religious background.

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I definitely agree that there is prejudice against overweight people, mostly obese people. People often see that as their defining characteristic, and fail to see past that to the person's qualities. As if people's self-worth is completely based on physical characteristics.

I can't believe what other people have posted here about negative comments that people say to them. All these outright discriminatory comments and actions just blow my mind. What makes people think it is okay to say these things? It's terrible.

I have to admit though that I have such a distorted body image that I can see myself unconsciously discriminating sometimes. I'm mostly hard on myself and am constantly putting myself down for not being at the weight I feel I should be at. I feel like I am nicer to other people in my head, and would never comment anything out loud to them or about them to others, but sometimes I catch myself judging people internally for their weight.

However, although society is plenty rude towards the obese and overweight, I have seen discrimination on all types of bodies. I have known several people who had conditions or just were born with a body that allowed them to eat bad food all the time and still be really skinny. Then people discriminate against them calling them anorexic, unhealthy, etc. There are also people who enjoy eating super healthy and are very skinny who people judge for starving themselves and promoting unhealthy body images. I have also seen people discriminate against women who are fit and developing muscle saying that female bodies shouldn't look like that.

Why do we have to judge others, especially openly judge and comment, about their body size? Being healthy is what matters. Both thin people and overweight people can be living equally unhealthy lifestyles because of the different ways their bodies work. Some people will be living healthy lifestyles and overweight and it may be hard for them to lose that weight. Some people will be living healthy lifestyles and look unnaturally skinny. Some people will look super fit. For any of those sizes, we should focus on promoting healthy lifestyle choices, not discriminating against people for whatever size they are.



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