Someone said :
The wider phenomenon of weight discrimination is part of a wider cultural trend where beauty is valued above all other considerations. This is promoted by a media which only employs attractive newsreaders, soap-operas in which almost everyone is young, pretty and slim. You almost never see a visibly overweight popstar. It's not seen as "cool" to be fat.
Do you not find that a slight bit hypocritical and ironic though considering every member on Gaire who's ever seen your regular posts about your appearance always tend to offer compliments whilst it's usually you who obsesses about your weight?
I'm only using yourself as an example here, but generally, other people don't take issue with it, it's something you bring up and something you fixate on despite words of encouragement and compliments. I don't think it's fair to say it's solely society's fault, it's the individuals narcissism or self confidence issues which feeds it too.
True, we tend to expect our celebrities to look a certain way and the media prefers to use thin or muscular people to advertise in print or film, but I don't think it's an Irish mentality that being "fat" is a particularly awful thing, especially since we're prone to large servings of food over here as well as our rich protein and carb diets. The fat phenomenon really only took hold here the last ten years, it (like most fashions and trends) will die out soon enough.