Last week, media mogul Rupert Murdoch pissed off a whole bunch of people with the following tweet about a woman in New York who suffered injuries when the sidewalk she was walking on collapsed out from under her.
Obesity apologists all around the twitterverse were freaking out…hunting and pecking out expletive-filled anti-Murdoch tweets and blog posts. It was a veritable orgy of obese indignation.
And yet…it got me thinking.
- Why is it that so many people in our society feel free to mean so damn nasty to fat people?
- Why is it a character flaw to be fat?
We all have bad habits. We all do things that aren’t 100% healthy for our bodies.
Even personal trainers like me.
For example, this past Saturday night, I spent about 5 hours…
- sitting on my butt
- watching Hockey Night in Canada
- and drinking beer with friends and having one heck of a fun evening.
Does this make me a bad person?
Would it have made me a bad person if (instead of being an uber-healthy personal trainer) I had been that 400 lb woman who fell through the sidewalk?
Maybe it’s time we create a little separation between people and their actions.
Obesity and related lifestyle medical conditions ARE a significant medical problem….costing millions and millions of dollars. But instead of being a giant A-hole like Rupert Murdoch or a Fat-Apologist like the Jezebel blogger I linked to, maybe we should focus on the actions that have led to increased rates of obesity, type-2 diabetes, heart disease, etc…
- Maybe we have a little more sympathy for people who make poor decisions,
- And a little less sympathy for people who exploit those bad decisions for financial & political gain