I have mentioned a few times that being fat often means being vilified or victimized.
The American Medical Association which are supposed to represent doctors arbitrarily decided that anyone with an BMI of 30+ has a disease even if they are asymptomatic (they may be counting flab as a symptom, I couldn't say). They victimized fat people as people who can't help it. They're sick, their bodies are broken and diseased. And those poor, innocent, and stupid fat people need to "cure" their disease by taking pills or getting surgery that may or may not have lethal side effects and don't work for most people in the long run.
Last week, noted actor James Gandolfini died at a young age. Someone on one of my fat email lists wondered how long it would be before his weight was blamed for his death.
Normally stupid articles like this, I dismiss as crappy journalism but there was something about it that just pissed me off. Perhaps because it manages to vilify and victimize fat people at the same time. First she blamed James Gandolfini for his own death (obviously hiding the fact she has a medical degree.)I know nothing about the actor other than his roles on the screen. For all I know he he was eating bacon three times a day with a fifth of scotch. Or he had congenital heart disease. Or he wanted to live fast die young and leave an attractive corpse. Or was it because he smoked. I'm sad to see him go but I'm tired of hearing the moral assumptions placed on fat people.
Next she victimized fat people. Blaming their poverty and lack of education for not knowing how to eat properly.
"No doubt some have a biological tendency to put on weight, but it is clear that obesity is related to low education and low income."
This was the sentence that irked me the most. Coming from that stupid professor's ugly comment. I feel marginalized. The AMA just give me a disease, the professor said I was lazy and this "journalist" just said I was stupid. It's no wonder that fat people are often thought of a lazy, sick and stupid.