One thing that struck a chord with me while reading this thread, is the amount of people that posted with this in mind:
"This is wrong, calling someone Fat, Fatty or Obese should not be a hate crime!"
Then turn right around in the same post and add this statement:
"If they'd just put the fork down once in a while, no one would be calling them that in the first place!"
"If they'd stop snacking all the time or stop stuffing their faces all the time, they wouldn't be fat in the first place."
I'm very astounded to see in these posts, how the posters can be quite intelligent and show how laws against these words are violating freedom of
speech, or that they should be able to point out that people need to loose weight for health reasons.
Then turn right around in the same post and make some of the most ignorant statements I've ever seen!
I think instead of making words like "Fat, Fatty or Obese" into hate crimes, what really needs to be happening here is some education about obesity in
the first place.
Those of you making these posts are assuming that every obese person you see must be so because they "never put the fork down" or "always stuffing
their faces", or "Jeez! That Fatty needs to get up off their butt and do some walking or something! How disgusting!"
Did any of you that think that, ever stop once and ask yourself: "Am I thinking that because it's true? Or are their things about that person I don't
Obesity can be caused by over eating. Sure. It can also be caused by WHAT you eat, and lack of exercise. It can also be caused by genetics, and
My mom, god rest her soul, was a large woman around the waist. Yet she ate like a bird. Normally she would not ever have breakfast, drinking coffee,
black instead. Sometimes she would eat lunch, sometimes not. At dinner she would not have huge portions, nor would she go for seconds. More times than
not, there was plenty of food that I would scrape off her plate when I would do the dishes.
Yet she was over weight.
So was she lazy? Sitting on her butt all day?
No. That woman would go around and scrub our house down from top to bottom every day.
There was two reasons she was over weight: 1) She wasn't eating enough. That's right, you read that right. On the average, she would eat only one
meal, and that was dinner at night. Well after she'd been working hard all day, and only a few hours before bed.
2) She drank. It was whiskey and water, but it was at night she'd have a few drinks before bed. High in calories.
Any professional trainer will tell you that if you do that, even if you don't eat a lot at that one meal, you're going to get fat. Your body thinks
you're starving it, so it hoards the food you do eat, and since you are not getting a lot of exercise after that meal, it stores it as fat.
It wasn't because she "couldn't put the fork down". It wasn't because she "stuffs her face all the time", it was because she didn't want more weight,
wanted to loose weight, so was not eating a lot, and only one meal, but that one meal was at the wrong time.
But, many of you out there that have posted in this thread would have seen my mom on the street and thought: "Fatty! Put the damn fork down once in a
while! Jeez! You must stuff your face all the time!"
I've seen plenty of people that eat three meals a day, but limit how much they eat. But their jobs have them sitting all day. By the time they get
home, they don't want to exercise, they want to kick back and relax. So they pack on the pounds. Even though they don't snack, or have HUGE portions
during their meals.
Sometimes, they'll start exercising, and they will drop some of the weight, but not a lot. Why?
For many of them it is because of WHAT they eat: foods high in fat and carbs: McDonalds for breakfast, Burger King for lunch, and too tired to cook,
so I'll just pick up a Pizza. Even if it's one slice, one small burger, or biscuit, those foods they are eating have them intaking more carbs and cals
than they are burning, even with exercise.
I had a friend who was as thin as a stick. She was in a car accident that messed up her back. She was stuck in bed for weeks, and then spend months
having to use a walker, then a cane. During that time, her eating habits did not change, yet she packed on 90 pounds. She couldn't exercise. Even
after she no longer needed a cane, the most exercise she can do is light walking, and even then she's in pain all the time.
But I guess it's her fault according to many of you, huh? Not the butt head that decided he didn't need to stop at that red light. I mean she's fat,
so she MUST be stuffing her face, right?
According to many of you, that's her problem. But then that's because you've ASSUMED something, and decided to judge all people that look that
way......even though you may not know the truth.
So again, the problem isn't the words really.....the problem is you're judging someone without really knowing them.
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