On the surface, there does not appear to be bias against one who is overweight,
and many people would deny that they are biased. However, 3 years ago I was 75
pounds heavier. I walked into the store, bought groceries, clothes, went to
work etc. I did not think people were being "judgemental", just
perhaps they had a bad day, but after I lost the weight, suddenly people were
nicer, more helpful, friendlier. I got the promotion that had previously passed
me over. I was shocked. My personality did not change. The way I did business
did not change. My work standards did not change. The only change was my weight.
I heard someone comment "that if you take care of yourself, then you are
assumed to be more responsible, reliable, dependable, whereas a heavier person
is assumed to be lazy and sloppy."
No, maybe for an overweight person, but I think that an overweight person is
assumed to simply find food to be a vice in their lives, but an obese person is
assumed to have no personal self image, no caring for ones self, bitter and
ready to agressively defend her/his right to be obese. The obese are such,
usually, because they refuse to develop that self control and food has taken
control. Habits have formed and they(we) don't know how to replace those habits
and get off the train. But I have lost 10 pouds and am on my way, again, I hope.