Moe: Call this an unfair generalization if you must, but old people are no good at everything.
Replace old with fat and that seems to me to be fairly on track for the views of many people. Despite the fact of course 60% of westerners are overweight (or more).
Fat is the final frontier of abuse. You can't mess with someone for their race. Their culture. Their gippy walk. Their speech impediment (you can, but you look like an arse-hat). But you can mess with someone who's fat.
Because clearly it's all their fault. They are the ones who lack self will not to apparently gorge. They are the ones that won't apparently go for a walk for 30 minutes a day (or 60 minutes depending on who is saying). They're the ones that gobble large portions (we all do, they pay for it). They are the ones who can't stop being hungry.
Fat people, suck.
Well, that's what you'd think if you took all of that shit to heart. Which many fattos, me included, do on occasion.
Indeed, as Richard Cohen noted, for those in the political limelight being fat can be political poison.
The book he mentions, Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss, seems to be quite interesting. Check out the review here.
It's a good snapshot of why people eat the way they do, why fat people stay fat - or refatten if they lose it unless regimented for the rest of their lives, and societal opinions of those who are overweight.
The book is light on the ground (ha ha) in some areas according to the review, but it acknowledges the valid point that A) some people will always be fat and B) being healthy and happy is far more beneficial than not being healthy and happy, irrespective of your build.
What’s more persuasive is Kolata’s contention that we should replace the elusive goal of thinness with the goal of better health and greater happiness. Here her argument is eminently sensible: Sure, shape up your body. But mostly, make your peace with it.
Amen to that. I eat well (though too much). I exercise (not nearly enough however). But at least I try. And if the price to pay for not striving to put being slim ahead of everything else in my life, including my happiness, is fuckwits in cars calling me a fat cunt as they speed past, or cockheads in blogland using my self admitted condition in a saddo effort to try and make fatty cry*, then so be it.
*I think that's what they are trying to do; either that or they are beating off whilst thinking of my curvy bod