Originally Posted by Blue
I think I'll pass...
I visited some websites and articles by those 'experts' to see what I'd be watching and one common theme between them seems to be that they're pushing a paranoid delusion that society hates fat people and that they're so oppressed and marginalized.
"Comparing judgments of obese people with a variety of other social groups revealed that obese people were rated as more disgusting than all but two of the social groups (drug addicts and smokers), and were among the groups who received the lowest favorability ratings..."
When a male politician is overweight (e.g. Trump, Chris Christie) they get heavily mocked for that, even when there are a million more relevant and awful things they could be targeted for.
When a female politician is overweight... well, it's almost a hypothetical question, because attitudes towards fat women
are so toxic that it's very rare to see one holding elected office at a high level.
Overweight patients get bad medical care
, as doctors routinely assume that all their problems are caused by weight and often miss other issues. "You just need to lose weight" has become the 21st-century "take two aspirin and call me in the morning".
And it's been well established that fat-shaming doesn't actually help people lose weight - in fact, quite the opposite
- so it's hard to see it as anything but gratuitous cruelty.