I am sick and tired of being discriminated against, and people need to know some of the fat “facts.”
Regarding Patrick Crawford’s letter to the editor, Nov. 15, “We need a tax on fat people”:
This letter promotes hatred, discrimination and a serious ignorance of the problems of obesity. I am disappointed that it even got published. Mr. Crawford and many other people who discriminate against obese people need a bit of an education. No one is “perfect.”
As an obese person myself, I have suffered with this problem my whole life. I have been passed over for jobs, even though I have more than sufficient education and experience. I have had to endure people talking rudely about me behind my back. I’ve had people yell taunts at me; call me a whale; throw things at me; stare at me wide-eyed; whisper, laugh, look me up and down with blatant disgust, and the list goes on.
This is not a choice I have made. It is not just simply eating healthy food and exercising. Unfortunately, most shows portray obese people as slovenly slobs who stuff their faces all day; and even the Biggest Loser and other weight loss shows treat obese people with little respect.
Yes, you are right. Obesity is a problem. But, make no mistake; obesity has been around for time immemorial. It isn’t fair to just target obese people and say that their weight gain is their own fault. There are millions of fatty fast food choices. Foods are being modified all the time and food producers package their foods with labels that give the impression that the item is “healthy” or “low fat” or “light” and so on.
Don’t just blame obese people for raising the cost of healthcare for everyone. Sure, if you want to tax high fat foods like taxing cigarettes or alcohol, go ahead and do that. That will be a choice. And everyone who chooses to buy them will have to pay the price, not just obese people.
I live with this every day. I am educated, smart, compassionate and painfully aware of the space that I take up. I do “pull my weight in society.” And at least I am not intolerant, which is a dangerously more serious offense in society than being obese is. Stop the discrimination and stop judging.