Is the borne by fat people.
It is reflexive and ingrained and the reason why the word “fat” is no longer descriptive; it is pejorative when applied to people. Obese is a medical term used to describe a condition that is dangerous, sometimes fatally so, and very, very difficult to treat. Yet most see nothing wrong with using the term “obese” as a devastating insult. Now one would think to do this with the words “diabetic” or “hemophiliac”.
When I call myself fat I am not putting myself down. I am just describing myself. Just as it is not a put-down when I call myself “brown-eyed”. Similarly, people who describe themselves as “thin” are not thought to be degrading themselves.
Why is this? Because being fat implies you exhibit certain characteristics inherent in being fat. A stereotype. Let’s take a look at some:
Fat people are lazy. If they weren’t so lazy they’d get off their fat butts and exorcize.
Fat people are weak-willed. If they had any kind of will-power, they wouldn’t eat so much and be so fat.
Fat people are greedy. Since they are continually stuffing food down their mouths. This is why they are fat.
Fat people are whiny This thread is proof-positive of this fact. Fat people shouldn’t complain about how they are treated because. . .
Fat people choose to be fat After all, the only thing fat people need to do is lose weight. If they weren’t all so lazy, weak-willed and greedy they would be such terrible human beings.
I don’t think there is any debate in anything I’ve just said, but anytime a thread mentions the words “fat people” or “stereotypes” a debate usually follows. If the thread needs to be moved I’ll understand. And I promise I won’t whine.