Weight stigma remains a socially acceptable — and legal — form of bias.
People may start to believe negative stereotypes about themselves.
In the eyes of our society someone with an eating disorder is typically viewed as a young, emaciated, Caucasian female. However, eating disorders do not discriminate based upon age, race, gender, body-type, or socioeconomic status.
At last week's Davos conference, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) proposed a $150/employee "Fat Tax" on publicly traded companies and presumably companies planning to go public. Here's how the Fat Tax would work.
I find it appalling that J&J, Vitality, and Novo Nordisk advocate expensive and intrusive regulations subjecting huge numbers of employees both to institutionalized discrimination, and to programs that they admit don't work, simply to make a few bucks.
Many fat activists are trying to reclaim the word "fat" as a neural descriptor, in the same way that we utilize words such as "tall" vs. "short." The problem is that in our culture the descriptor of "fat" has become synonymous with undesirable traits, such as being lazy, unattractive, and unhealthy.
In that moment, my impressionable mind latched onto an idea that took over a decade to dismantle. My worth was in my body. More specifically, my worth only existed in relation to how boys saw my body.