Michael Hobbes writing for Huffington Posts Highline
For decades, the medical community has ignored mountains of evidence to wage a cruel and futile war on fat people, poisoning public perception and ruining millions of lives.
It is so easy to discriminate against people. It is no different because of race, sex or how fat someone is…
40 years ago, Americans started getting much larger. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 80 percent of adults and about one-third of children now meet the clinical definition of overweight or obese. More Americans live with “extreme obesity“ than with breast cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and HIV put together.
Have you ever been blamed for being fat?
I personally have lost count the number of times that someone has told me I am fat because…… Like many in my situation we have tried on numerous occasions to loose weight but fail….
And when we fail it’s our fault for not following the diet… Doing the exercises… Taking the magic pill….
the medical community’s primary response to this shift has been to blame fat people for being fat. Obesity, we are told, is a personal failing
What if it is not about if us failing to follow the instructions, but what if the instructions are wrong to start with….
The terrible irony is that for 60 years, we’ve approached the obesity epidemic like a fad dieter: If we just try the exact same thing one more time, we’ll get a different result.
Michael goes on in the article to describe the treatment of people who are overweight, saying
I have never written a story where so many of my sources cried during interviews, where they shook with anger describing their interactions with doctors and strangers and their own families.
Personally I think that the discrimination against fat, overweight or obese people is just another symptom of the growing problem. Just like the increase in diabetes, hart attacks, autoimmune disorders and alzheimer are also symptoms of a larger problem.
If you follow the nutritional guidelines, the message is that you will loose weight and be healthy. But what if it is the guidelines which are part of the underlying problem.
Obesity – discrimination is the symptom not the cause.
We should never tolerate discrimination in any form. But when we are all told that to follow the nutritional guidelines you will be achieve a healthy weight. Doctors, family and strangers assume that by being fat we have failed to follow the nutritional guidelines.
If we truely want to change the way people are treated, the first step is to ensure that we have nutritional guidelines which when they are followed will give the desired outcome.
We don’t have that at the moment, and as a result blaming the fat person for not loosing weight just adds to the problem.