Mewsings from Lowecat (aka Indianacat)

My rants, ravings, and overall 'mewsings' on life, the universe, and everything.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Oh, So You Had to Go BACK in Time to Remember?

The infamous Dr. Oz recently put on a fat suit, sweats, and a disguise to walk the streets and see what kind of reaction he would get.  All y'all can read the story here, along with some of the comments about it.

What the fuck kind of reception did he think he was goin' to get?  Especially lookin' like the stereotypical fat slob like he did?  Even the morbidly obese person can and does try to look as attractive as possible - difficult given the lack of fashionable apparrel out there for the heavier person.  Men and women alike will wear somethin' more appealin' than SWEATS!. 

So in one way, I'm not surprised that Dr. Oz was treated to some semblance of ostracism in his walk in the fat suit.  In another, however, I'm not so shocked, because even now, despite the 200 pounds I lost through bariatric surgery nearly 10 years ago, I still get treated to some of the same discrimination! 

Just think about it, though I wash daily, use deoderant, and a light touch of scent that is NOT overpowering, people will wrinkle their nose at me as if I just crawled out of the trash can.  If I'm walkin' down an aisle at work, co workers will inch forward to give me space, even though there is plenty of room for me to pass.  People will look in my grocery cart to see what I'm buying and make comments on it if they find anything they think they shouldn't.  I've bought treats for the husband and had clerks make fun of what I purchase.  Need I continue?

Frankly, I don't feel much sympathy for Dr. Oz.  HE can take off the fat suit and feel 'normal' again.  Lots of people wish it were that easy.  Sure, I had the surgery 10 years ago, and it helped me lose a full person, but I'm still large sized, and still get treated as a second class citizen because of it.  I work daily on the weight, the surgery was a tool, and if I stray, I get sick.  Good incentive not to stray.

Disrespectin' the overweight person, whether they are 'pleasantly plump' or morbidly obese is the one remainin' acceptible form of discrimination. People think nothing about makin' fat jokes, shyin' away from a person because of their size, and outright makin' comments about them to their face, knowin' that no one is goin' to scream "racist!" at them. Too bad that a former weight struggler like Dr. Oz. had to take a walk down memory lane to gain a little more compassion.


OpenID fanficfan44 said...

I think Dr. Oz made himself look not only obese but also like the stereotype of a "fat slob" The average overweight person is not wearing sweats that are climbing up the crack of their a** and accenting every roll and bulge.

I think a much more powerful statement would have been made if he put on a fat suit and wore a suit, like a lawyer or banker, and then still was treated like that.

February 1, 2014 at 5:59 PM  

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