In the New York Times Article “Yes I’m fat. It’s O.K. I said it.” writer Sarai Walker discusses the social stigmas of the use of the t
he word “fat” along with the treatment of fat people. I’d like to consider myself an open minded person and even as I read her article I seem to mentally cringe every time she drops the f-word. This seems to be a pattern she has noticed among a wide spectrum of people, from “bullies, misogynists and anti-obesity crusaders, but[also] to many of those who consider themselves to be enlightened, too”, since the publish of her book “Dietland”. Walker also argues that “fat” people are mistreated as a group and often this treatment is based off of poor misconceptions about being fat.
However, Walker places the mistreatment of “fat” people above their physical health. Although their are many incorrect social stigmas about people who struggle with weight, self esteem should not come before one’s ability to live a healthy life. Yes, being comfortable in one’s own body is important and something that many American’s struggle with, however there is a physical point where excessive weight takes a tole on human health. As a society in general, we need to be more conscientious of the feelings of those who are overweight, however “fatness” should not be glorified as Walker calls for, due to it’s significant health complications.