|This book takes the reader through history|
to examine how society perceived fatness
and obesity. Turns out body shaming began
in the age of enlightenment (how ironic).
There is a higher rate of depression and suicidal ideation, attempt, and completion among those who are obese. I know they suffer from judgement by the people that should be helping them; those they trust. Doctors, nurses, dietitians, personal trainers/kinesiologists, and health promotion educators, alike, tend to (not all of them mind you) shake their heads in disbelief that one would "let themselves get like that" or "have no self control" or "can't seem to push away from the table". I know because of this, many people who are obese put off going to their doctors even when they have concerns about their health. Unfortunately, that doesn't end well for the person in need.
One of the most heartbreaking blogs I have read (https://fathealth.wordpress.com/about/) offers a site for those to post their experiences of fat-shame, judgement, and maltreatment in the medical system. It offers a little insight into the social suffering of the obese person. Having worked with a few women over 250lbs, I was privy to their lived experiences as they described their usual day of ridicule and torment by strangers passing by. One person, "Carole", described an incident in a grocery store where a stranger walked up to her and removed the ice cream carton from her basket remarking that she wouldn't lose any weight by eating that. Another client talked about the remarks, looks, and name calling that she has to deal with on a daily basis. Even today, I cant' stop from crying when I talk about her story.
|The obvious assumption here is overweight people eat |
cupcakes and have no self control. In addition, they
feel ashamed or they wouldn't be hiding it behind them.
Totally unfounded and totally judgemental.
|It doesn't stop at women either. Men and boys |
are struggling more and more with eating
disorders and body image issues because of
pressures from our media to look like this.
....maybe we are just looking for a scape goat or a punching bag to make ourselves feel better.
|You go J.K.Rowling!|