One Of The Many Problems Of Today...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Right off the bat, I have to say that I am in no way a fan of American Idol to being with. I think they produced a few good talents and artists that have done well, but the show was over a long time ago. So in no way do I pay attention. However, today I came across THIS ARTICLE. Needless to say, I was immediately enraged. In my mind, this show is on it's last strings to begin with. This kind of controversy was not in any way the kind of controversy they wanted right now.

This is kind of thing is one of the major problems with the world today. I am not saying that obesity in teenagers is not a problem, or simply being a bit overweight. I speak from experience when I say that it is something that youth of today need to be supported in - because it is a constant struggle. The fact that this happened, to me, is inexcusable. There is no reason in this world why that girl should have sat anywhere else but the front row where she started out. Just because producers were worried that she would be breaking the chain of hollywood stereotypes, doesn't mean anything. This was disgraceful. Just like her family, I believe that she should be issued a public apology and more. Really, the apology won't do anything because the damage has been done. She was embarrassed in front of tons of people, and humiliated in front of her friends. That isn't something that an apology can fix. This poor girl is going to go her entire life remembering this night, and how bad she felt. No matter how good the show was, that is what she is going to remember. This isn't a case of letting negative things go and holding a grudge. When you live as a bigger person, you can't help but remember painful moments of the past in terms of being scrutinized because of your weight.

I am constantly horrified by how many people that are out there or even worse, that are "friends" of mine, that continue to poke fun people because they are overweight, or worse, obese. Since when did this become a joke? This is someone's health. Would you make fun of someone who has cancer? What about liver failure? Heart disease? Epilepsy, diabetes, Parkinson's, or Alzheimer's? The list goes on and the answer to all of those is no. What's so different about obesity? Incase you missed the memo, obesity is a DISEASE! Yes, some people do it to themselves, and others are that way because their parents didn't know how to properly take care of them (or didn't care to). Then there are those who are that way because of hormonal disorders, or other conditions that cause you to not have control of your metabolism and the way your body processes food. Either way, it is not a reason to make fun or someone or treat them any different than you would someone who is 5'6 and 120lbs. Oh sorry, is that too heavy?

If you want to make a difference today - try NOT staring at the girl who is bigger than you think she should be (not that your opinion matters. I'm positive that those of you who stare and make fun, are not doctors and don't have any idea what a healthy body weight should be). Smile at her instead - or do something even nicer, and ignore her all together and mind your own business! After you've done that, come back here and visit Obesity Canada and do your research. If you can't do either of those things, do me a favour and make sure we never meet. The fact that you would be breathing the same air as me would poison me and kill me faster than anything else.

To those of you who are not as close minded as a lot of people out there - thank you. Thank you for using your heart, being kind, and realizing that there is a reason for everything. People are the way that they are for a reason...including the ignorant ones.

Lastly, remember, that if you have a friend who has recently lost weight or is in the process of it, that doesn't mean that they are a changed person all together. Every single person that has gone from being overweight to being healthy, will always have a "fat person mentality" in them. It's fact. So don't slip one day and say something that you think is funny. It won't be funny to him/her.

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.  -- Jesse Jackson

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