I have heard quite a few people say that picking out obese people is one of the last acceptable prejudices and our country. Even though I don’t want to think that this is true, I have seen evidence of it almost everywhere I have gone. People often judge others by things which are far beyond their control. Even though obesity has a lot to do with how much you eat, there are other factors that can contribute to a person being severely overweight. I live by the thought that I should never judge another person unless I have been in their shoes, and I know many of the people who are picking out obese people have never had to do with this issue in their life.
It seems that there are more and more obese people and our society today you can read many arguments, and here many opinions about why this is, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are there. Though the health implications for these people scares me, I do believe that this is a personal issue, and no one else has a right to comment on people who may be in this condition. It’s almost as if they think all these people do not have eyes, ears, or feelings.
When it comes down to it, some people think that if the jeer or perhaps make fun of obese people, it will cause them to change their ways. This is by far the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. I personally know of two people who have said this very thing to me, and I could not believe such a shallow thought come out of their mouths. Obese people have enough to worry about, and enough problems of their own, but they don’t need to hear from the so-called peanut gallery.
Sadly, most of us are guilty of picking on obese people at one time or another. Even though this is something I would never dream of doing now that I am an adult, I do know that there were moments in my childhood when I may have done so. Children often have a hard time understanding why others are different, and perhaps parents should have taken the time to explain to their children why there are obese people in the world, and that this is not something that they should pick on. However, parents don’t think sometimes, and I know I am guilty of this, but I do know that parents could make all the difference.