What do people think about fat individuals?
- they are lazy
- they have a weak will
- they don’t have an appetite for sex
- they are weak because they can’t let go of food
Experiences and Consequences
What can this type of thinking and judging lead to?
In the past, a busty figure was considered a sign of wealthiness, sufficiency, and prosperity. Today’s world sees the ideal in a slim figure, especially amongst women. Obese people are often looked at through fingers thanks to that. Society is especially harsh towards obese people and is often not forgiven. Obese individuals are victims of discrimination on a daily basis, be it conscious or subconscious, hidden or in plain sight.
Weight is especially judged in women. It even plays a role when looking for a job. Bigger women are at a disadvantage in work positions, such as an assistant or a secretary. ,,Those positions are still connected with the idea of a pretty and, if possible, attractive woman,” says psychologist Tomas Vasek. Obese people often don’t achieve much success during their employment and have lower income thanks to that.
Discrimination against weight isn’t felt only by the individual it is targeted towards, it also affects their friends and family.
Did you know that
- almost twenty percent of our population is obese?
- in Britain every fourth woman and every fifth man are obese?
- there is no guaranteed way to differentiate between the hereditary side of obesity and overeating, which is very prevalent in Czech?
- there are more obese than underweight people?
- a number of obese men tripled between 1975 and 2014? The number doubled for women.
- the worst offenders are the United States and China? There are more obese people in China than in the US, over 43 million.
- people with weight problems suffer from depression, frustration, feelings of anxiety and low self-esteem?
- the Bible considered gluttony and intemperance as one of the seven deadly sins?
- healthy BMI is considered between eighteen and twenty-four? People with higher BMI than twenty-five are overweight, higher than thirty is considered as obesity.
Aggregation – would you like to find out more?
Body and mind are always connected so obesity is in most cases a psychosomatic disorder. Common causes are hereditary (problems with metabolism), hormonal causes, bad eating habits, and psychic causes.
Jokes about fat people are one of the socially accepted ones, many overweight movie and TV characters are considered messy, lazy, clumsy or at least silly and dumb.
Prejudices against obesity are common even amongst medical staff. Almost 60% of practitioners blame obesity on the strength of will and one third considers people to be lazy.
Many findings were thanks to the Imperial College research where scientists compared the BMI of 20 million all over the globe in the past 40 years.