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Ellen Forradalom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-01-08 10:43 AM
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94. Let's try to resolve two seemingly-contradictory notions
Size acceptance and public health.

Obesity is a collective health problem, showing its effects across a population. Therefore we are right to be concerned about it as a public health issue. And we treat it as a public health issue: we identify environmental, economic and social factors that inadvertently contribute to it, and try to educate the public and change those conditions.

But statistics are meaningless for the individual. With regards to any one person, you do not have all the facts and are in no position to judge. You don't know if this person has thyroid problems or PCOS or takes a medication such as Zyprexa that leads to weight gain. You don't know who surrounds them, who might sabotage any effort they make, what other issues in their lives require their attention. That person may have no problems at all. He or she may be perfectly comfortable being the size they are, and it is not your business to say anything about it. It is the height of rudeness to suggest otherwise. If it bothers you that much, avert your eyes.

That is how I think of it, at any rate.

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