The last acceptable prejudice seems to be against fat people.
I see it all over the internet. There are so many trollish comments that talk about weight and how someone is fat and ugly and how if they got up and quit eating ho-hos, maybe they would be a decent human.
It seems that whenever a person who is in any way not bone thin appears on the internet, sooner or later, some troll will crawl out of the woodwork to tell them how disgusting and undisciplined they are, how weak and pathetic and how they need to shut up and go for a run and not be so LAZY.
I wonder if the commenters are aware that pretty much every slurred group has had the label "lazy" applied to them. Black people were called lazy and shiftless (I have no idea what "shiftless" even means, do you?). Mexicans were lazy because they liked to lay in the sun all day under their cactus with their sombrero over their eyes. Irish were drunk and lazy. Italians? Oversexed and lazy. And so on.
So while blaming fat on laziness might seem to be natural, trolls should realize that their prejudice against overweight people is your boring stupid garden-variety prejudice. They might as well be spewing the N word instead. Same thought pattern is in action.
I'm not trying to make excuses for my own weight problem, only pointing out that prejudice is prejudice, no matter how people justify it.
Food is an addiction for me - I'm willing to admit it. I will never be one of those people who says "I forgot to eat lunch today." I do not forget to eat.
Apparently it is an addiction for other people, too, and it is a harder addiction to kick than alcohol, heroin or cigarettes. 95 percent of people who lose weight gain it all back within two years, and usually add on pounds besides. We have learned not to view alcohol or drug addiction as a moral issue - why is weight still judged as one?
People are hurting about weight. People are working on weight. People are trying and trying and trying some more to lose weight and keep it off.
Y from Joy Unexpected had an amazing reading at the BlogHer Community Keynote that kind of sums it up for me: