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  •  Am I the only one who sees danger in Cheering this (0+ / 0-)

    I think it's good to teach people the skills to effectively deal with bullying, but I'm not sure taking a stand against taking a stand against obesity is where I want to start.

    Obesity is already a huge national problem and it's only getting worse. I can only imagine the trouble it's going to cause the healthcare system when the majority obese generations start to retire.

    I am concerned that additional tolerance of obesity is going to lead to additional obesity as people measure themselves against their peers -- it's amazing how much obesity has gone up even in my lifetime.

    While I understand that for most people being obese or overweight is not a choice, I have personally known two people who were over 300 pounds at one point in their lives and though sheer force of will (and likely exercise/diet change), were able to get under 200 pounds and stay there. I don't feel they would have had the will to do that if they felt 300+ pounds was a resonable weight to be. In both cases their primary motivation was a lack of self-worth. I know a third person who made similar gains via a lap-band. I can only speculate that a society stongly intolerant of obesity was a major motivational factor.

    •  It isn't about "tolerance of obesity." (10+ / 0-)

      It's about not allowing other people to make you feel like you aren't valuable as a person because you're obese.  It's about not tolerating bullying behavior from others and standing up for yourself.  It's about treating others with kindness and dignity.  Treating a fat person with respect in no way means you think it's okay to be fat.  It means you respect another person simply because they are a person.  

      There is no celebration of being fat in her comments.

      •  Best thing I've read in this whole thread (1+ / 0-)
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        The utter lack of respect we fat people are subjected to is remarkable.  People feel totally justified in the cruelest behavior towards fat people, because of the stereotype that we are selfish and lacking self control.  Do you really think we would choose to be this way if we could fix it?  

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