And I’m tired of the bigotry.
I posted the following comment after this Guardian article GPs urged to send obese and overweight to slimming classes, to attempt to redress the rabid toxicity of the comments thread and of the article itself.
Just one question – why am I, last time I looked, the only one doing that?
I also linked to it on Twitter, in an attempt to encourage others to join in. Sank without trace so far, though I have noticed a couple of people complaining on Twitter. But here’s the thing, folks, if you object to this as much as I do, you should be saying so in the comments.
And what pisses me off at the Guardian is that, in most of the comments, if you substitute “fat” or “obese” with Muslim, Jew, Black, or almost any other minority group, they’d be dumped by the moderators. If you’re fat, it seems you’re fair game at the Guardian.
My Comment (NB: ATL = Above the line, i.e. the article; BTL = Below the line, i.e. the comments):-
Note for the terminally smug and judgemental both ATL and BTL – Not everyone is fat because of poor lifestyle choices.
I consume fewer than 1,000 kcals a day. Despite that I am substantially overweight.
I am also seriously disabled, which is why I’m overweight. I’m a powerchair user – my walking ability is measured in feet.
This is me:-
FMS, Cervical spine arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Long-term damage from being struck by lightning in 1983, M.E., COPD (never smoked), Heart failure, Aortic valve calcification & stenosis, Angina, Bilateral Lymphoedema (chronically infected), Primary Addison’s Disease (requires high-dose steroids just to stay alive – main side-effect, weight gain).
About half of the above conditions are potentially fatal (my chances of seeing the general election, for example, are remote).
Exercise is not an option – it will simply hasten my demise.
And I’ve also just posted this comment:-
In most of the comments here, if you substitute “fat” or “obese” with Muslim, Jew, Black, or almost any other minority group, they’d be dumped by the moderators.
If you’re fat, it seems you’re fair game at the Guardian. But, hey, mods – it’s still hatred.
So what are you going to do about it?