The Last Prejudice
I've been hearing about on the news on television that they have started to charge fat people double who take up two seats on airplanes. It has been said that this was purely a business decision. If that's so, why start now? Would it help if the seats were made a little bigger? It is said that the Americans are growing fatter. Could it be the airlines simply haven't kept up with the times? Next in the interest of time instead of being a little more arbitrary, it may happen before you buy a bus or plane ticket, you'll have to also report your BMI (Body Mass Index) score to determine obesity and simply charge you twice whether you take up two seats or not. I've also learned from reading magazines like "Business Week," that employers at least until now have a "voluntary" employee wellness program that employees are encouraged to attend. What will come later if these fat employees cannot get slim? Will people start to lose their jobs? It is thought that overweight people have more health problems and therefore drive up the cost of health care premiums. Do they have any proof that maybe fat people are to blame "for it all?" Possibly, at my job the actual discrimination hadn't started because my bosses several of them are bigger than me. Not to mention it, there is plenty of proof that diet and exercise does not work. It's just that not too many people have noticed even though there are more and more diet plans that are supposed to cancel out the older ones because they don't work and try this new diet instead. I believe it is a person's body that determines the weight they will carry and their age. It also helps to avoid certain high cholesterol meats and the ways that they are prepared like if they are fried versus baked meat. They've been running diet and exercise into the ground as a cure for obesity. But most people go off their diets. The reason they do is because you have to starve yourself to get thin. Just eating healthy does not make you skinny. Even though, it is still good to eat healthy. Avoid fried and/or high cholesterol meats and eat produce like broccoli, spinach, oranges, grapefruit and nothing at all out of a can. The next place where you find outright discrimination against fat people aside from airports is in doctor's offices. Not all doctors but some of them will not treat you for the ailment you came to see them for. Instead they will blame all your problems on your weight and tell you to just "go on a diet." Pardon my French, but I have found consistently it is only the idiots giving this advice. Maybe, at least the other doctors have been through enough patients to notice that people are telling them that they are unable to lose weight even though they do eat "healthy," (My prescription above). The prescription above however, did come from a doctor of mine once when I was 33 years old and weighing 121 pounds when I had come to him with "shortness of breath." Yes, you can have "shortness of breath" (heart) and not be fat! And guess what else, I'm nearly twice that weight now and have never had "shortness of breath" again because I'm careful about what I eat and/or control the portion size of the meat. When I was a kid, I was 98 pounds. It was when I got into my middle and late 30's the pounds really started going on. As a matter of fact, they did a study I learned from watching PBS (Public Broadcasting Station - Educational TV), that most of us "fatties" were not this way in our youth. They found that most of the overweight people were 40 and up. Also, a new study still in its infancy believes obesity could be caused by a virus. And I sure have enough of those. Some day they may look back on the 20th century and see the way they treated obesity was the same equivalent to putting leaches on patients (blood letting) as they did in the 19th century and for 2,000 years before it.