Yes , you heard me right. I typed it out loud: “Fat.”
Enter my treatment room: My patient hung his head low, looking away from my eyes as he confessed, ” oh…and I smoke too…”
I looked up from his notes, “Do you enjoy smoking?”
His head snapped up, ‘Wha…?”
“Do you enjoy smoking?”
“Well…yeah…” his confusion that I wasn’t chastising him was evident.
I smiled, “You’d have to be an ignoramus to not know its bad for you. Its impossible to not know its bad for your health, isn’t it? These days its slapped in your face from every direction. So its an educated decision to smoke or to continue smoking, right?”
When did the word “fat” become political incorrect? Its just an adjective, a descriptive not a direct insult.
In the past 24 hours I have seen two social media posts that passingly, not at all the focus of the status, mentioned being cramped next to somebody “fat”. An elect few individuals in the threads have conjured up personal insult from the term.
“I have been a victim of obesity all my life and…” (italics are mine ;) )
“I have suffered with being heavy and people using prejudiced terms like this…”
“I take offence that you describe this man that way!…”
“Fat” is not who you are.
It is something your body can become. Even better: it can be changed. You don’t have to be obese.
You are not a “victim of obesity”.
Obesity is symptom not a disease.
If you “suffer” the symptom of obesity, then there will be a cause, an imbalance in your physical system, literally a “dis-ease” that is causing it. Statistics show its most likely an endocrine issue but as unique as you are, so may be the cause of this symptom.
Should obesity be a personal issue for you, seek professional help, alternative, integrative, even allopathic, in finding the cause of the symptom just as you would for any physical issue or ailment. If you wish to be free of it, then take step upon the road to finding solutions to restore balance to your system.
In regard tot he social media posts: anyone that has been on a long flight, cramped next to, or worse blocked in by, an obese individual spilling well over the tiny confines of their allocated seat can empathise with how uncomfortable it is. Without a doubt it is also uncomfortable for the individual that is obese but it is not the responsibility of society to accommodate them.
It is their own responsibility to accommodate themselves.
No, I did not say it was their fault they were “fat”.
Whether or not someone chooses to stay that way, however, to not take care of the health issue causing their weight problems, that is their responsibility.
Unless, of course, they enjoy it. If they enjoy being that way (highly unlikely given the restricted life that comes with it but you never know) then that is their educated choice.
After all, you’d have to be an ignoramus to not know its bad for you ;)
***no image inserted as it seems too difficult to find an inoffensive one (other than a kitten image which I was then told could still be misconstrued) so…no image