The "documentary" Supersize Me features a scene where Jared from Subway tells an impressionable girl that: "The world doesn't change. So you gotta change for the world."
All I could think is what utter bullshit. First off, just because you are in the minority, doesn't mean the majority is right. (Of course fat people are the majority in the US). Second, really? If you don't like injustices in the world, you should just join them?
Case in point is this study that discovered fat kids were likely to do worse on math tests. The study's lead author couldn't discover why this was, but theorized that is had to do with stress and anxiety.
"We know, in general, that children who have poor peer relationships don't do as well at school," she said. "And we also know that children with internalizing behaviors don't do as well. Internalizing behaviors are anxiety, worry, not feeling as if they have a lot of friends and feeling sad.
Children with weight problems tend to feel internalizing behaviors and not have good interpersonal skills," she added.
The response to this? Not trying to improving the stigma, not trying to reduce the fat hatred in school, but weight loss. According to a doctor at North Shore Hospital.
"Obesity isn't just a cosmetic problem," she said. "It has impacts that go from chronic disease to mental achievement, and ultimately to income and a happy, successful, well-adjusted life."
Weight loss, weight loss. The cure for anything. Cancer? Weight loss. Don't know how to change a light bulb? Weight loss. Have anxiety? Weight loss. Can't decide where to wear? Weight loss.
The nation's largest physicians group agreed to support legislation that would require classes in causes, consequences and prevention of obesity for first through 12th graders. Doctors will be encouraged to volunteer their time to help with that under the new policy adopted on the final day of the AMA's annual policymaking meeting.
I'm sure fat kids would love taking the obesity class. It's obvious that all fat people, kids included, don't know they are fat.
All I can think is our schools are suffering horrific financial crisis and many of them don't offer gym. Instead of these stupid stigmatizing obesity classes, everything school in the country gets funding for gym.
Or stop trying to answer everything with weight loss.