I have many things to say yet I'm still sick and without any energy (although no longer eating like crap), so my bandwidth to produce coherent content is just not there right now! Hoping you all can help me keep the discussion going with this one.
Tonight over on FitSugar, I saw the headline “Is Being Overweight More Acceptable Today?”
The question was raised after a new Gallup poll released that American's weigh on average 20 pounds more than they did 20 years ago, and that those surveyed also said that their perception of what the ideal weight is has increased by about 10 pounds in the past 20 years.
The word “acceptable” is something that really bothers me. In definition, the word means “able to be agreed upon; suitable,” which doesn't seem like the context that it's delivered in. For example, Fat Acceptance in my mind doesn't mean that fat is agreed upon as suitable by everyone. It has more to do with tolerance than acceptance. So for this discussion, I'll jump to TOLERANCE.
A few questions for open discussion. No bashing or I'll delete your ass. My site, my rules.
- Do American's tolerate higher weights today because they're more prevalent?
- Do American's tolerate the poor food choices that are presented in schools and at the grocery stores, and is that why tolerance of higher weights is more widespread?
- Do you think that as an overweight person, you are more accepted now than you would have been in the past?
- If you aren't overweight, do you have more tolerance for overweight people?
- We live in a society where we are more sedentary and have access to awful food because of the lifestyle that has adapted over the past 20 years.
- Just because more people might look heavier doesn't mean that they are accepted any more than they were 20 years ago.
- I would like to believe that as humans we continue to evolve into kinder, more tolerant individuals that are supportive of all things different than ourselves, however I don't think this is the case.
- Perception of tolerance and acceptance is in the eyes of the beholder. If they think they're being judged, we're not doing good enough.
- I think as individuals, we have an extremely difficult time working on things in the abstract, and instead are so focused on external, measurable results that effort is usually diminished unless peers deem it a success.