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Why are obese people made fun of or bullied?

Updated on June 26, 2011

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Don't be guilty of stereotyping a person
Don't be guilty of stereotyping a person

Don't judge a book by its cover

Just because someone is overweight does not mean that they are dumb or lazy.

Lets face it fat people are unfairly stereotyped, and I don't think its cool.

Just because someone is overweight does not give you the right to make fun of them,ridicule or think you are better than them. I have friends who are overweight, they know they are overweight and they get treated like crap by people simply because they are fat.

I have one friend who has a problem with his thyroid, he was very athletic and handsome in high school but when his thyroid starting acting up he started getting fatter, he cannot help it and according to his doctor there is simply nothing he can do to lose weight due to the thyroid and he really gets picked on and stereotyped even by his own family, it has cost him a marriage and I am concerned that he may take his own life, he is that depressed because everywhere he goes he gets picked on simply because he has gained weight, his own father told him that if he would've got off his fat ass that he could have saved his marriage.

I would not doubt that at some point in the near future, new laws will be written to help protect fat people from getting made fun of. I believe it will be like the new hate laws, I'm not a lawyer and if you mistreat a person simply because they are fat it could be a crime due to the hate crime laws. anyway you can read more about the hate crime laws here and decide for yourself

It is a fact that 1 out of every 3 people in the USA are overweight and it has been called an epidemic according to some experts.

I think it is really silly to judge a person by their looks or weight instead of by their actions and I am going to try not to ever stereotype anyone ever again and I hope this hub will inspire you to do the same.

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  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    Thanks again for all your great feedback - you are all awesome & it had given me a better understanding of sterotyping

  • Fluffy77 profile image


    7 years ago from Enterprise, OR

    You couldn't be more right here, and I don't think it's cool either at all! I have known so many over weight people who are very smart and very active in there lives too. Sometimes genetics isn't very fair that's all, and it is so very insensitive and cruel to put somebody else down. When it is the only thing they have ever known, and perhaps not there fault one bit. Love your hub here, thanks for keeping more people enlightened on another good subject here.

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    8 years ago

    I dunno... The dinosaurs were big boned, and look what happened to them.

    Seriously, though, I'm fat and no one gives me a hard time about it. Certainly not a harder time than I do. This is because I'm also smart, scathingly witty, a jack of all trades, and a very proficient musician. Whether it's time to party, or time to work, I'm right down front showing everyone how it's done.

    If you don't want to be made fun of as a fat person, don't be a fat loser. Stop being so sensitive, accept the reality of your situation, and move on. If you aren't willing to put in the work to make yourself a person that you'd want to be, you deserve to be ridiculed as lazy. You have to learn to be more socially competent than other people. Work the crowd. With a little hard work, fat becomes the least relevant aspect of your personality.

    But establishing anti-fat-bashing laws? No thanks, buddy. Save your legally mandated pity for the mentally deficient and the old. We can take care of ourselves.

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    Betty Reid 

    8 years ago from Texas

    I read that the most common reason children get bullied is for being overweight, which worries me because I have a sweet little nephew who is overweight. You have a good point with the hate laws.

  • ii3rittles profile image


    8 years ago

    It tells us in the bible not to judge yet it seems to be the easiest sin to break. If a person is larger they should not be judged by it or looked down apon. What you do and how you treat others is more important then looks. Everyone gains and loses weight every day. Everyone gets old. Its part of life. Yes, being bigger comes with health risks but thats not for other people to comment on. I've seen people who weighed twice my weight who were in better shape them me! But great hub and you are so right. STOP JUDGING!!

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Alabama,USA

    Wow Thanks for all the good feedback & stories, I am learning alot from this and kudos to you Valerie for losing the weight, I hope your brother does the same anyway TY again for all the comments, it has given me even a better perspective ;0)

    God-Bless us all & have a great weekend

  • Apostle Jack profile image

    Apostle Jack 

    8 years ago from Atlanta Ga

    I think it's unfair because some people have

    natural big bones,and was not ment to be small.

    I honor those that take a stand for big people.

    I am not big myself,but i understand whats on the table.

  • valeriebelew profile image


    8 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

    Hello Manthy. MY problem with obesity is not in how a person looks, but in the health risks involved. The American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society, and the organization that works to eliminate diabetes, all attribute their perspective disease to high levels of body fat and obesity. My wonderful father was overweight. He also died of congestive heart failure, and other problems, includiing diabetes. I think people are too angry at overwieight people, just as they are resentful of cigarette smokers and other addicts; but we cannot overlook the health risks involved in access weight. I have been overweight in the past, but lost over 60 pounds to avoid the cancer my mother (also overweight) experienced, and to improve the quality of my life. MY brother is a wonderful, intelligent man who runs too businesses, and is very well liked, but he is overweight and has to inject insulin into his body twice daily. As much as I love many obese people, and practically worshipped my parents, both obese, I don't think we need anymore laws specific to small groups, as there is too much restriction on speech now, and derogatory words have more power than they deserve. I agree with your friend up there, who doesn't care what people think. I am 59 years old, which could be classified as an "old lady" and we get bad press, too, but I don't think passing a law to stop people from calling me an "old wrinkled hag" would cause people to see growing older as sexy. LOL. People need to build self esteem that is resistent to the narrow views of others. We can't pass a hate law for every petty insult dished out. Thanks for this hub, as many need to read it. We don't make fun of other health conditions, like cancer or heart disease, so why make fun of obesity, which is either a problem like you described in this article, or an emotional tendency to eat for comfort. My problem was the later, and I still have to fight it. Thumbs up.

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    Charles Fox 

    8 years ago from United Kingdom

    I'm fat and I couldn't give a tinker's cuss for anyone elses viewpoint on where they place me in the hierarchy of life. Thankfully, I have a brain to make them feel as though the point on the hierarchy that they reside is somewhere around the level of protozoa.

    Fat people should not dwell on what others say, they should dwell on what know - that they are better than the stupid, bigoted, heartless people that say anything detrimental.

    Good thoughts Manthy. Like the Hub. You do have talent in writing whatever your profile says. Write from the heart and people will see that your writing is right from the heart!


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