Why shaming people because of their weight does more lasting damage

I am hypersensitive to the word bold. I cringe when people say it, even if they’re talking about my zaftig cat, Possum. It’s just not a nice word, and it’s so damaging. I was first called fat in fifth grade. A boy approached me and said he knew my phone number. He then recited Jenny Craig’s 800 number. I was crushed.

That was 26 years ago. I have struggled with my weight for two decades and have an eating disorder. It has not been an easy road. What I want to know is why is it okay to shame fat people?

One of the things I do for comfort is watch the episodes of “Friends” and “Gilmore Girls”. It’s a thing of comfort, and I never tire of it. However, I can’t help but notice how phobic my beloved shows are. It is blatant and rude.

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