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An unhealthy view of health

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By John Pawlak

Maggie walks down the sidewalk and pretends not to notice the disapproving glares or to hear the snickering.
She sits in the back row of the classroom in the hopes of not being seen.
When asked to go to the board to work out a problem, she declines and pretends not to know the answer. Better to be considered stupid than to be considered at all.
Maggie’s a fat girl and in the world of discrimination she is a constant target of ridicule, abuse and disdain. She’s a fatty, a chubby, a porko, a thunder-thighs. She’s a big fat disgusting pig! With increased social awareness centered around sexual and racial discrimination, it astonishes me how cruel some people can be to the overweight.
Even your worst bigot will usually pretend to ignore a minority and keep racist comments and jokes to a whisper and only after the other person is out of earshot.
But overweight people don’t need superhero abilities to hear the hurtful comments thrown at them. Discrimination against fat people ranks as one of the most rank practices in our society. And women are targets of this abuse far more than men.


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