Making fun of overweight people is not new, but “fat shaming” as a concept is a fairly new phenomenon. Heck, it even has its own definition now. According to Psychology Today, fat shaming is “An act of bullying, singling out, discriminating, or making fun of a fat person,” You know what I call it? Being Rude. I’m not sure where these people come from, but they lack common decency.
These shamers claim to take pride in their effort of fat shaming people into losing weight. Oh, wait – are you saying I’m overweight? Wow, thanks for letting me know, I absolutely had no idea. Who do they think they are kidding?
Psychology Today has an article titled, “Are You a Fat-Shamer?” Here they list the characteristics of a fat-shamer:
- Feels superior in comparison to overweight or obese people
- Makes jokes about fat people seen in public or in the media
- Teases friends and family about their weight in an attempt to be “funny”
- Views thinness as an attribute of success, happiness or self-control
- Makes assumptions of personal character and morality based on appearance or size
- Views diets as a quick fix and easy solution to weight issues
- Looks down on others who do not adhere to “clean eating”
That is quite a list of attributes. Sure doesn’t sound like anyone I would want to know or take advice from, how about you?
The article also contains scientific proof that fat-shaming is ineffective with helping people lose weight. Ya, think? Still, it is good to have science on our side when dealing with those lacking common decency. But, what I really want to say is, “Get a life, you hypercritical moron. Deal with your own mean issues first.” There, that felt better.
Join me in taking the oath:
- I choose to fight fat shaming and bias with education
- I choose to treat all people with empathy, compassion and respect
- I choose to own the number on the scale without shame
Yeah, I feel better already! Now I guess I should take back the “hypercritical moron” comment. Well, I’ll think about it.