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Do You Face Discrimination For Being Overweight
 
# 1 : Tuesday 1-10-2013 @ 20:13
 
 
In the workplace, on the bus or even within your own family, if you are
overweight do you face discrimination

And if you are not overweight yourself do you find yourself treating heavy
people differently?

Im conscious myself that I was avoiding the word Fat....is that a word we can use?

http://listverse.com/2013/09/27/10-frightening-ways-we-discrimina etc ...
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# 2 : Tuesday 1-10-2013 @ 20:28
 
 
Maybe but as explained before I think for me it's more to do with other issues. I've been overweight almost my whole life and have never had a job. I was taunted in school as "fat boy". I think a particular factor with me is that I am quite short (5 ft 9) and when I am fat, it tends to go into my face a lot. I have always noticed my face can change quite drastically when I lose weight. So I am doing my best to get the weight down but I am fighting what I believe is a genetic predisposition to obesity (though I am only 1 stone overweight now from 8 st in 2006).

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.

Some people dismiss the genetic predisposition argument as an excuse for laziness and greed. But at a group outing in the cinema recently one member told me that (despite being ultra slim) that he eats a fast food diet. So it's not as simple as watching what you eat, exercising more etc.
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# 3 : Tuesday 1-10-2013 @ 21:22
 
 
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.
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# 4 : Wednesday 2-10-2013 @ 14:50
 
 
I'm not sure that its seen as "cool" to be very thin either. A few years ago I was very thin - the nature of the beat I guess. One of my directors at the time took me aside one day and told me that my position required "serious gravitas", being a very thin male did not fit that requirement. So - he told me to "beef up". No matter what I eat I don't put on weight. I was quite successful in the position but his words haunted me for years afterwards. Discrimination takes on all kind of guises for all kinds of people big or small, etc.
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# 5 : Wednesday 2-10-2013 @ 17:24
 
 
I was told by a neighbour one time that i was after getting woeful fat.
I told him that he wasn't too thin either.
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# 6 : Sunday 6-10-2013 @ 18:23
 
 
I think there's a lot of negative associations made with obese people because its so easy to identify them and therefore discriminate

I've heard people assuming that because you are fat you are lazy, lack motivation or self control and possibly even less intelligent than healthier people.
Not my opinion by the way....

Does this correspondingly mean that skinny people are somehow morally better than?
I suppose whereas people cant change their skin colour, sexuality etc but they can
change their weight, is there some coercion involved in the prejudice too?
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# 7 : Monday 7-10-2013 @ 21:37
 
 
Probably not overweight any more. Weighed self with clothes on (except shoes) this morning and said 12 st 4. But clothes ad 4lbs to my weight, meaning actually 12 stone which is BMI of 24.9. Needs to be 25 to be overweight.

The weird thing is I still feel I look fat. Maybe I lost it too fast and the skin is taking time to shrink back?

I seem to have NO appetite for food any more. Dunno what's come over me.
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# 8 : Monday 7-10-2013 @ 21:51
 
 
Yeah. It's the insecure ones who are really prejudiced, though, or it seems that way to me.
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# 9 : Tuesday 8-10-2013 @ 03:15
 
 
I once shared a row on a plane on a long distance flight with a friend and another person who was very overweight. The flight was 20+ hours and it certainly impacted on my comfort.
Long plane flights are difficult enough at the best of times without someone who takes up a seat and a half.
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# 10 : Tuesday 8-10-2013 @ 03:35
 
 
I listen to this dude's pod cast's each and every week but ye may remember him from such movies as Chasing Amy and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back ( among other's ) ...
http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-body/news/director-kevin-smit etc ...

I guess there are degrees of ' overweight ' . I'd consider Kevin Smith overweight but not unatractive. I'm sometime's heavy but mostly in shape. Generally I'd prefer a pretty face over all ...
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# 11 : Wednesday 9-10-2013 @ 20:04
 
 
Someone said :

Looks just about perfect to me youngfella , keep it up
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# 12 : Wednesday 9-10-2013 @ 20:25
 
 
I am not overweight anymore but I think I still have a lot of subcutaneous fat which still makes me look that way. Probably in part the result of losing it too quick.
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# 13 : Wednesday 9-10-2013 @ 20:31
 
 
A thousand sit-ups every day will fix that Eamonn.
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# 14 : Wednesday 9-10-2013 @ 20:31
 
 
I'm not fat, everyone else are just too skinny!
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# 15 : Wednesday 9-10-2013 @ 22:11
 
 
Someone said :
A thousand sit-ups every day will fix that Eamonn.

Including the subcutaneous fat on my face?
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