Saturday, August 29, 2009
I read on my MSN news page an interesting article. Under editor's picks was one entitled. "Why Do We Hate Fat People?" In this article by Kate Dailey and Abbie Ellin, they point out how pop culture and the media seem to be in an attack mode toward overweight people.
True, we should be aware of obesity and its sometime dire side effects, but too often as not, people target not the obesity, but the person instead. It is pointed out in the article that through the prejudices of our history and our culture, the overweight person is viewed as lazy, self-destructive, and shameful. The reality is that the overweight person may or may not be making unhealthy choices; in fact, they may be healthy eaters who have problems not in their control. Why the hate? The article states many possible reasons, including a sense of anger, a target for our own inadequacies.
I guess the reason for my rant is that before we put down someone because of their size, we need to remember who we are and where we were. We need to see the obesity as a problem, but love the person. Telling someone to "Stop Eating!" or "You're too fat" is counter-productive. We are the Spark. Let us be good examples not only of a healthy lifestyle, but of a healthy understanding of what it means to be overweight.
Thank you for listening to (reading) my rant.
Spark ya' later!