I came across this Tumblr for Thin Privilege this morning and had my mind blown away.
Thisisthinprivilege @ Tumblr.
I really don’t know what to say about this. While I do think privilege exists and needs to be monitored, is it applicable in this situation? Some of the examples they use are just absurd. Like having the doctor treat your actual condition you come in for versus constantly telling you that you would feel better if you just lost the weight.
When your weight is strongly linked to a lot of what you are going to see the doctor for, then I think the doctor would be doing his or her job to point that out. A lot of the times, what people may see a doctor for is a symptom of the persons overall health. Weight isn’t all there is for health, but being severely overweight can play a huge role in that.
There continues to be this idea that these individuals are not choosing to be obese and fat. I want to research this a bit more, but my gut feeling is that while genetics and help/hurt you in this sense, it doesn’t cause obesity. Our choices do. Putting in the time for exercise and eating properly can see changes in our weight.
When I typically see an obese person talking about how they did not choose to be this way, I very very rarely hear them talk about how they are getting an hour or more of good exercise a day (going for a walk is a start, but it isn’t enough). Their eating habits are often horrid. Hard to say that you didn’t choose this when you are eating your second double cheeseburger for lunch.
I’ve been there. When I write this, I am describing myself. My choices led me to a very bad place in my life, but it wasn’t to late for me. Change your choices, Change your life .