Saturday, May 9, 2009
It’s Hard Out There for a Plump(er)
Let’s face it: the world doesn’t particularly care for the oversized among us.
We celebrate the skinny, design our fashions for the featherweights and equate beanpoles with beauty.
And it’s not just about trendy apparel and how we idolize our slender celebrities. There’s a real cost to our issues with weight.
Weight discrimination, especially against women, is increasing in U.S. society and is almost as common as racial discrimination, some studies have suggested*.
I’ve had a couple of big weight loss/gain swings in my lifetime. The first time I lost a bunch, I interviewed for and got a job at an ad agency owned by a former beauty queen. Thinking back on it today, I know that I wouldn’t have gotten the job had I been at the weight I was six months before that interview. I don’t just think so… I know it with a complete and utter certainty. It’s important because it’s the job that started my current career path; without it, I’d be living a very different life today, I’m sure.
People judge us when we’re overweight. They think we have no self-respect, no discipline, no self-control. I hate it, but I know… we know… that’s the way it is.
That’s why I enjoy, appreciate…even crave the support I receive in this kooky blogging community. The world may not be there for us, but we can always be there for each other.
*Reported discrimination based on weight has increased 66% in the past decade, up from about 7% to 12% of U.S. adults, according to the journal Obesity. The other study, in the International Journal of Obesity, says such discrimination is common in both institutional and interpersonal situations — and in some cases is even more prevalent than rates of discrimination based on gender and race. (About 17% of men and 9% of women reported race discrimination.)