Miller, your note is so long that I have to decide where to start with the points I want to respond to. (No, that's not criticism!)
Ah, yes... I'd think that the majority of our teammates who are considerably overweight, upon spotting another obese person at the mall or wherever, wonder what makes that person tick. For that reason I think the majority of the team, regardless of weight, will be "angry" at learning you have that thought. I think there are at least three reasons behind the wondering and any or all might apply:
1) We're not thrilled with ourselves, so we project that the stranger isn't with him/herself either.
2) We're conditioned by society and media and whomever else in our histories wrinkled a nose at us.
3) It's probably true that the stranger isn't thrilled with him/herself for the same reasons as us.
It's certainly conceivable and true that many obese people are happy with their lives: Loving families, good careers, interests and activities, connectedness in the world beyond family, etc., etc. They're free of emotional baggage/mental illness.
To be fair, it's inaccurate to say that all doctors have the subconscious or even conscious bias. I don't know the percentage among practicing, licensed doctors(there was an earlier study[s] somewhere. This more recent study of med students at Wake Forest showed about 37%, I think.
Um, I'm going to stop here because I'm derailing myself -- I've lost track of what/where I'm aiming to say here. That may mean I should delete the whole post, but I won't. I probably just need something to eat -- breakfast was the last food of the day.
Edited by: SYLPHINPROGRESS at: 5/28/2013 (18:00)
No one said it would be easy, but it can be easier.
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