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It's not fair, but fact...

Thursday, February 14, 2013

I am on several boards, including our local fire board. I also have a history of being in politics on a national level.

While in national politics, I was at my highest weight (being on the road 40+ hours week means a lot of fast food!). FACT: When obese, people do not take you seriously. In fact, one person was overheard saying, "she doesn't even have the discipline to eat properly, how can we expect her to exercise discipline in anything else". I was marginalized. I was pushed aside. I was patronized.

Since exiting the political arena, I have been appointed to several political boards, and our local fire board. I have lost 82# and I am the vice president of our county Republican Women. When I talk, people listen.

I am respected in the community and was hired for a well-paying, high visibility job.

It isn't fair, but it is fact. I used to think it was just a self-confidence issue, but frankly, if you are in politics, self-confidence is NOT an issue! It comes down to people's perception.

I have not changed my opinions or stances on issues, yet I am treated differently. It's not fair, just FACT.

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    I agree 100 % it's a sad thing but its a FACT...
    1922 days ago
    Keep up the good work !
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    1922 days ago
    I agree, it happens, but no one will admit.
    1923 days ago
    Guilty, guilty, guilty. A month ago I was in the ER...going into shock from an adrenal crises and I took one look at the doctor and passed judgement. It's not fair. It's not something I want to do. Human nature I suspect, but it's still wrong. This doc may have been a good doctor, but he was dressed slovenly, un-tucked polo shirt and wrinkled khakis and he was severely obese, which is why he couldn't tuck his shirt in. My mind immediately went judgmental....if he can't take care of himself how is he going to take care of me?

    Mind you, I'm obese. I don't see myself as that (hence I never look in mirrors) and I try not to judge people, so why when I was under duress did I do that? Why would I judge someone based on weight when I am so fat myself? I don't know. Life isn't fair.

    1923 days ago
    I agree
    1923 days ago
    People will find any reason to treat you differently. Whether you are overweight, tall, short, smart, wear glasses, have red hair, it doesn't matter. If you are different from them in any way they will view you as a type of threat or without trust. Life isn't fair at all, and it's terrible, but true. I find that when you confront those who act that way, they are always surprised by their own actions. They don't even realize they do it. I find that sad in a way.
    1923 days ago
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