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"If any thing is sacred the human body is sacred...Have you seen the fool that corrupted his own live body? or the fool that corrupted her own live body? " -- Whitman

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This prejudice should be fought by legal means enforced by government counteraction.

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Yes and it's one of the last acceptable prejudices of our society.

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8/17/13 2:28 P

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Yes, but we can only change our own feelings on this.

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Yes and I'm living proof of it. I was never seen as being "good enough" for special projects at work. Now that I have lost 70 lbs so far I am on 2 different teams- 1 of which I am in charge of. My abilities and smarts haven't changed. My weight has.



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That experiment has been done by magazines as well with the same results.

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There most definitely is, I've had people take food out of my hand. How embarrassing! People look at me with pity in their eyes, which is worse. I've also had a chip on my shoulder about being over weight until just recently. I just accepted that this is how I am today and nobody owes me anything because of it. I alone have the power to change my situation. So here I am.

At my starting weight I there aren't many places I can hide, yet some how I managed to get lost. This is my quest.


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yes, it's fairly common from stares to discrimination. People tend to judge someone who different from themselves. There was an actress a while back that went out dressed in a fat suit, she was treated very poorly. I don't remember her name.

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Yes, there still is prejudice today, and that is too bad because it shouldn't matter what you look like as to how well you do your job or anything else.

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8/12/13 2:47 P

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Sadly yes.

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Definitely! Overweight people are perceived as "lazy." Because, we have to be lazy, or else we wouldn't be overweight, right?? (That is sarcasm)

I don't know if it's just me, but I feel judged all the time when I go out to eat - Like I'm not allowed to order something high calorie. I especially feel that when I hang out with my girl friends - not so much my guy friends...because they order crap anyways.

I've heard of a study done with kids - they are given pictures of other kids, and asked who they like least, just based on appearance. (The pictures were of minorities, handicapped, and overweight kids). The majority of kids picked the overweight child as the one they liked least.

I've always *felt* prejudice, but now that I'm not as heavy as I once was, my friends talk to me about other overweight people and make fun of them. It's really sad to know that my friends feel that way about something so dumb as weight.

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Yes. In our society anything that is considered to be "different" will face prejudice from the "mainstream" society. We are not taught to find the similarities in people, we are taught to set ourselves apart, rise above the others.





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I think that's when you really realize there is prejudice against overweight is when you are not overweight. I wasn't always heavy. I had many years of being a normal weight and I remember hearing that conception that people who are "fat" are because they are sitting there all day eating potato chips and Twinkies and all they really need to do is get up and run their butt around the block a few times. Well, I'd like to say that I WISH that was why I was overweight. I would feel somehow like I earned it if I just laid around on the couch all day eating junk food. I wish giving up soda would lose me 20 lbs. I did that many years ago and I'm still heavy. Hopefully physical therapy will take care of my shoulder issue and I can go back to pumping iron again. Cardio is just not enough for me.

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ABSOLUTELY!
Prejudice you ask. Now an overweight person is in danger of having to pay for an extra ticket to sit in an airplane seat.
People teach their children to avoid "that" person out in public places. As if obesity is catching like the measles.
TV hosts have gone undercover as an obese person to confirm they would be treated differently than if they were slim. Results were an overwhelming, YES!
Of course there is prejudice against overweight people.
Americans spent billions of dollars last year on Lap Band surgery. Spurred on by the prejudice against overweight people.
The simple answer though is yes!
HOW DO WE STAY MOTIVATED IN LIGHT OF THAT?
We must "kill them with kindness" as the saying goes. That way we keep our dignity in spite of what is going on around us. Allowing someone else's ugliness to wound us is like taking poison and expecting it to kill them. It only hurts us.
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there is a lot of prejudice

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Most definitely. I didn't often experience *overt* prejudice even when I was at my highest weight, but I sensed that there was some. The immense difference in how others treat me now confirms that the prejudice was there -- even people who knew and liked me before treat me differently. I certainly get more respect and positive attention at work, even though I was well-liked before, for example.

Also, I've kept the weight off long enough now that there are people who either don't know I was fat, or have somehow forgotten, so I get to hear all the lovely things said about people who are struggling with their weight. (Sometimes about strangers or acquaintances, but sometimes about people we mutually know and like!) It's truly amazing. I have spoken up and related my experience -- not as a "anyone can do this!" tale, but to help people who don't have a weight problem understand that it's not at all easy to lose weight, and even harder to keep it off. But because that's not their experience, they're happy to go right on thinking that it's just gluttony and laziness. While I'm sure there are examples of purely gluttonous, lazy fat people, nearly all of the many people I've known struggling with weight problems have much more complex issues. But to people who have never experienced these problems, it's all just a cover for massive overeating and couch potato syndrome.

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I agree too

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I so agree with you.

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Im an overweight , actually obese at 230 now and have never felt any prejudice against me , however there are some folks that just dont carry themselves well at all. They look sloppy or unkept in a manner that makes them look lazy and im implying to over weight and average weight people , some folks just look like you dont want anything to do with them. The way we carry ourself and speak has a great effect on the way people treat us. I've always taught my daughter and live( to get respect you have to reflect it to others).

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I'LL TRACK IT RIGHT AND WILL NOT CHEAT
GIVE ME STRENGTH, THIS I PRAY
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I'm hopeful for the future too yet I think we must resist in some way...

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Of course there is. Sometimes it's not as overt, but when you look around at the people we see in movies and on tv and the models wearing our clothes, there is a blatantly obvious expectation of an 'ideal figure.' It happens a lot at gyms too, where the weightlifting junkies will look down upon those who are struggling to make any progress. It's just horrible. I know it's why I can't get my mother and sister to the gym and it's why I've struggled with trying to accept my own weight as well.

There is a plus side to this, the amount of body positive people, blogs, posts and movements is growing. People are starting to really understand that not everyone is a size zero and not all plus sized people are horrible, indulging human beings. I'm really hopeful for the future.

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Yes!

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I agree.

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