WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON FAT BIASES?
What are the most common fat biases and why do they matter? Let’s start by defining bias. A bias as defined by Dictionary.com is “Bias, prejudice mean a strong inclination of the mind or a preconceived opinion about something or someone. A bias may be favorable or unfavorable: bias in favor of or against an idea.”
FAT PEOPLE ARE LAZY AND UNFIT
Oh my! Can I dispute this one. For years and years I lived my life as an incredibly fit fat person! As CanFitPro personal trainer I trained individuals with more pounds than THEY wanted, I trained fit curlers, hockey players and people who were already fit and wanted to stay fit. I worked out with all of them every time I trained them. It was great motivation and it was a lot of exercise. I was very fit.
FAT PEOPLE ARE NOT AS ADEPT IN THE WORKFORCE
Please can someone explain to me what fat has to do with a person’s ability to perform many and most jobs as-well-as anyone else? Because of the bias discussed above, 50% of all employers are less likely to hire fat people. If a candidate is stereotyped as lazy and unmotivated, their credentials are often not enough to swing this bias back in their direction. This statistic comes from weforum.org, but you can read similar posts on Workopolis too. You can Google this topic for more information.
As an aside here, there is also weight stereotyping that goes on in SCHOOLS. Fat bias follows us from grade school, through high school and into the workforce.
OBESITY IS ALL ABOUT WILLPOWER
NO, NO, NO it is not! Obesity is about so much more than willpower. Firstly, we know obesity is linked to genes in many, but certainly not all people. Next of course comes social issues, health issues and psychological factors. Willpower is a weight loss shaming phrase that sets you up for failure. Yes sometimes willpower can help you to make a healthy choice every now and then, but restrictive diets and emotional issues play a larger part.
In Fat As Energy I discuss the types of fat and the function of fat and in I Am Fat I give you my background and how as a realist I do not have a problem with the use of the word FAT. In many posts I mention that I am not here to decide if you weigh too much. My function is not to judge anyone or decide anything about any one person. My job, the job I have chosen for myself here at livefatandfit.com is to provide information and education.
My goal is to help people find contentment with who they are, NOW, as they are NOW, while moving towards improved overall health. There are so many ways to do this. One of these ways is KNOWING that fat biases ARE NOT TRUTHFUL or HELPFUL.
ONE LAST THOUGHT
FAT SHAMING! There are those that actually believe that fat shaming leads overweight people to change their lifestyle. Scientific evidence in fact shows us the opposite. Healthline.com has a fabulous article on this subject so I will not repeat the information here, but rather leave you the link to it. Not once in my experience has being shamed been a positive thing!
ACCEPTANCE is the key. I am on a journey of acceptance, of being who I am right now, as I am right now. Why? Because this helps me to take the best care of me that I can on a day-to-day basis.
IT IS MY BELIEF THAT THIS IS IN FACT THE BEST THING ANY HUMAN CAN DO FOR THEMSELVES … EVERY DAY!