Why fat women face prejudices

Posted on November 24, 2016 12:08 am

All human beings are created equal irrespective of our skin tone, race, religion or gender.But human beings aren’t equal when it comes to weight.In fact being overweight or obese is uncool and worse for women who have extended waistlines.Back in school days, fat boys used to be told fatty boyo, go on a diet. Hey biggie, you can do it, you can make it up that ant hill. But thats not my focus here.The lens are on girls who are so fat these days, it’s disgusting.As tween and teenager, girls our age watched their weight. Look, if you are a fat woman, you’re beautiful in the eyes of oracles but you’d be even more chic if you just lost some weight.If I listed all the insults and abuse that women goes through, I’d write for the next one year on the same topic. Only fools think fat prejudice doesn’t exist in today’s societies. Fit and slim omen look over their glasses and direct their eyes up and down in shops where they don’t stock anything under their body sizes.I have met some obese friends who have told me they believe its time for medical students trained to deal with fat bodies and also there’s need for medical equipment to be made for different kinds of bodies like their fat ones.Fat people are sent constant messages that they are wrong, that they need to change, that the environment around them is fine and doesn’t need to cater for them.If your fat, the rule of the game is simple, you better lose weight and control it. For those who are fat, they’re not acceptable as they are. They’re a second class citizen who don’t deserve the same rights a thin person has.Thats not my personal view but its how the society sees it.Prejudice against fat people may not evoke emotions same as prejudices against disabled people, people of colour because all prejudice is different. But I can draw some parallels. The modern society want people to be thin because thats the only countries can bring the cost of health and minimise the number of deaths caused by being overweight or obese. No doubt continued fostering of fat hatred will help control bodies which will minimise hatred and abuse.The extended waistline community treats the word as a neutral descriptor in order to reclaim it and reduce its power as a negative. Being overweight carries an inherent judgement over, above what the fat person should be, thus the implication of a particular normal weight.

This size aint bad but not fatter than this.Picture by Mathilde Grafström
This size aint bad but not fatter than this.Picture by Mathilde Grafström

Obesity directly and problematically correlates with overeating.”Contador Harrison your not fat…..but I am fat….fat like a pig. I am 156 centimetres tall and I weigh about 144 kilograms. I am not on a diet. I am not trying to lose weight. I eat green vegetables most nights but I also eat potato chips and drink beer sometimes without feeling morally reprehensible.Is that your problem?” ..one of my friends told me recently. If people are judging me, should I lift my value as a person by saying that I don’t smoke and I also go to the gym regularly? Does my value drop again when I say that I do none of that with weight loss in mind and why should I worry about what I might cost Medicare in years to come and I pay taxes?…she said. The bloggers like you Contador Harrison tell us that obesity will cost taxpayers. Whatever the figures, they’re being cooked, because obesity costs reflect the impact of heart disease and diabetes and thin people like you Contador Harrison can still get these, too.All the figures you bloggers and media at large publish are based on assumed correlations and fail to consider the possible unmeasured costs resulting from a weight focus and anti obese messages, such as walking, weight cycling, responses to fat stigma and associated mental health issues related to oppression and discrimination, and the possible development of chronic dieting and eating disorders. What I realised with my obese female friends is that they live a bitter life because of their situation. Some of them think there’s no correlation between weight and health and thinks those claims are grossly exaggerated at the expense of shaming obese women, neglecting other aspects of health such as stress, sleep, mental health and balanced eating. Being classified obese often gets a woman a different diagnosis or treatment than someone in the normal weight range.Obesity panic and the fat hatred has women in large numbers constantly restricting what they eat to fulfil aesthetic ideals or widespread notion of health.Talking to obese female friends its clear there are plenty of fat people who aren’t victims, who may not eat well, exercise enough or be healthy, but who accept or celebrate their bodies. Fat hatred is mainly confined to those who are actually fat.Generally, women are still valued for their beauty first and are socialised accordingly, which perhaps explains why the majority of fat activists are women.

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