I know this video is making the rounds (I got it from Tekanji) but I don’t think it can be shown enough. It’s making me rethink the value in calling someone “overweight” instead of “fat”. “Overweight” implies a value judgment, because of the word “over”. Fat is the correct term; it just needs to be sanitized of its negative connotations, which is obviously more than one blog can do.
If you don’t want to watch the video, let me sum it up. This woman weighs 224. She eats right and exercises, and says everyone should (btw, the skinny person you know who eats shit and never walks anywhere? Go give her a lecture about self-discipline, self-respect and morals, and go apologize to the last “fat” person you gave it to). But, she says, if you do that and you’re healthy you’re still “fat”, then who cares? “Fat” is a physical description. Like hair color.
We need to neutralize the term instead of avoid it.
Damn. She’s got a point. I had a revelation a couple of weeks ago about my own health and weight. My mother’s entire family is technically overweight, despite excellent amounts of exercise and good eating. For years, I lamented our bad genes because we just could not lose weight from eating right and exercising. Then I realized: we all live to be 80-100, active to the end, no heart disease, diabetes, cancer or Alzheimer’s. I hit the genetic jackpot. I will outlive all those people who told me I had to be lying about “eating right and exercising” because I was still overweight. If, by the way, you’ve ever put a “fat” person through that, you were wrong and you caused them undue suffering. Don’t give me your excuses. Just go apologize to them right now.
So you can call me fat if you want – just don’t expect me to think you mean it as criticism. I’ve been working with a personal trainer for two months and I’ve gained 10 pounds and expanded a bit in size. All my flab is turning to muscle and my flexibility is amazing, so I can kick your head off your neck. I am so much healthier than your gorgeous skinny friend who eats junk food and never exercises. I also have better self-discipline, self-respect and morals than her, so think before you assume “fat” people are lesser human beings.