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11 March 2009 @ 12:32 am
A PSA from me to people in general...  
You know, I know I’m fat. I’ve been me for quite some time now. This does not give you the right to approach me and share your new-found knowledge.

I was signing the ad in HBA today when this little old lady came up to me. I am now going to paraphrase what she said to me…You know, when your stomach hangs down like that (pointing), well you know they have surgeries to fix that now a days. You should really get one; your insurance might even cover it. (All I can think to say here, without getting fired, is that I don’t have insurance) Well maybe you could find a doctor to take pity on you and cut that thing off. I don’t think even the best of doctors could make it flat, but anything is better than what you have now, right?

And she just kept going on and on and on…three or four minutes of her ‘you’re so fat’ rant. I think she only stopped because one of my coworkers joined us in the aisle I was working on. If I didn’t need my jobs…arg…it just pissed me off so badly.

You know, I have several stories in a like vein. This happens to me…I was gonna say frequently, but that is wrong…let us just say that it is not a rare occurrence. What is it about size that makes people think they have the right to address the issue for me?
I Feel:: predatorypredatory
kameron_hurleykameron_hurley on March 11th, 2009 12:23 pm (UTC)
People seem to have this assumption that fat people don't know they're fat... or just don't know their options. It's similiar to people sharing unasked for dieting advice, "You know, you could lose weight if..."

I'm well aware of what it would take to lose more weight. I don't want to live that way.

But it's true, I think. In our society, the bigger you are, the more people seem to feel that it's their social peragative to get all up in their business. You see it a lot with smokers, too: people going on long rants when somebody smokes one cigarette and telling them how bad it is; like a pregnant woman who has half a glass of wine in a restaurant.