Saturday, January 12, 2008
How many of you resist the idea that you are obese? Or, how many of you take pains to "hide" that extra pooch or roll? How often do you feel embarrassed.. or worse, ridiculed or humiliated? I'm not talking about your own personal awareness or concern about being overweight. I'm talking about prejudice.
I think one of the reasons it's so psychologically difficult to include ourselves in the ranks of the obese is because of media stereotyping. It's still WAY ok to be prejudiced against the obese. Why is it that all of the television programs devoted to fat people force those poor folks to take off all of their clothes while the camera pans their bodies over and over again. The cable channels, like DHC are the most guilty of this. Don't you just love how the camera lingers on the chewing mouths of overweight people eating? The message is simply this. Look at how disgusting these people are.
I certainly want to lose weight. I sure do want to be healthier and stronger. I would love to feel more comfortable in my clothes. BUT! The stereotyping and finger pointing by media which encourages some people to judge, torment, and harass ANYONE who is overweight needs to stop. I never watch those programs, and I hope none of you do either. Obesity is a health issue.. period.