I’ve been seeing a lot of pictures like this lately. Overweight people sitting down in restaurants or perhaps someone out and about on a mobility scooter. I find it very frustrating. First, taking a picture of someone without their consent is dubious. And then putting it on the internet to be mocked is just mean.
Yes, it is possible this person is just lazy. But it is also possible that they have a myriad of medical conditions. You have no idea, Sometimes my fatigue is so bad that if I am standing and I don’t sit down immediately, I will collapse. I could seriously injure myself otherwise. My father has arthritis in every joint in his body. Every step he takes brings with it a lot of pain. Just standing can be torturous. And if he needs to sit down to be relieved of that pain, he should not be mocked for it. And people with mobility scooters might have a very good reason to need them. In fact, these people could be overweight mostly because they have poor health.
The truth is, you don’t know. So maybe you should stop being jerks and leave these people alone.
Thin Privilege: Never having to worry about someone taking a picture of you in public in a situation that would encourage the spread of stereotypes related to your body size in order to humiliate and degrade you and post it on the internet so people can mock people just like you.
I completely agree with what thefrogman wrote. However, the thin privilege comment is an untrue oversimplification. I have certainly seen images of thin individuals that have ‘JUST EAT A BURGER’ written under it. I do not believe that all body image issues are the same or that people of different sizes face the same struggles, personally or socially. I’m just saying, when addressing issues relating to body image, you don’t have to vilify other groups to get your message across.
I disagree with you. Talking about thin privilege isn’t an untrue oversimplification. While it is true that people of all sizes face struggles with their size not only personally but on a more social scale, people who are thin have a privilege in this society that fat people do not. That is not vilifying thin people. Being told to ‘just eat a burger’ while horrible and awfully cruel, is not the same thing as facing systematic oppression for being fat.
You can find your size in the mall and even if they don’t have your size in one store or even a few, you still have options for finding your size. I’m fat. I can only shop at 1 store in the mall. When I look in a magazine, I can rarely find pictures of people that look like me and when I do, it’s in a weight loss ad or they’re making fun of the way that person’s fat body looks and how dare they be fat, look at how ugly they are, look we’re going to make them the butt of our joke.
Thin privilege is a real thing and acknowledging that it exists in today’s society and that many people benefit from it will actually help you to realize that nobody is vilifying thin people nor are they putting them down. That is just an incredibly ignorant comment and a quick reaction to something you clearly know limited about.
I agree with you that thin privilege exists. I acknowledge that people considered ‘fat’ face systemic oppression in society. I do, however, disagree with that person’s statement. “Never having to worry” is both an untrue and oversimplified understanding of what thinner people may experience. You may consider my response to be ignorant or less informed, which is fine and fair, but I can simultaneously agree with what you have said (which I do) but find problems with the comments surrounding it as well.