This isn't and shouldn't be about judging the invididual. You made several posts now that are pretty much just repeated finger wagging how we shouldn't judge people. Yes, individuals may have reasons, big surprise, thanks for the input.Vegosiux said:All I know is that they have reasons and that I don't know anyone's reasons, because I simply don't care enough about the issue. But since I'm not a complete misanthrope, I'm going to give them the benefit of doubt. Or maybe I'm just doing that because we can't even agree what "fat" means whenever such a discussion starts. BMI is a lousy measure, since excessive fitness (yes, I used those words in the same sentence) will also result in an abnormally high BMI...
The larger picture here, and the reason for the PSA that's supposedly underlying this discussion, is that research shows how obesity is threatening to become (or you could say already is) a costly cultural problem in developed countries. The reason for this is not 100% clear, but it's popped up in the recent years. As a previous poster also pointed out, research shows that it's difficult to stop being obese for the average person (with only a ~20% long term success rate).
So, pray tell, what do we do about this problem? Ignore it lest we hurt anyone's feelings?
That said, I would consider a more productive approach than the "lay off the fries, tubby!" some people here seem to favour. When I started exercising I was lucky enough to have a mostly deserted track field nearby to get me started. The idea of people watching me as I began my pathetic laps every morning... it's unpleasant. So much so that if I didn't have said conveniently deserted track nearby I might have never started.
So in a way, all those slurs and scorn against being overweight might actually prevent people from exercising, because they are ashamed to exercise their unfit bodies in public? I can't be sure about the larger scale of course, but at least for me that was a big hurdle.