Irritation

05Apr07

Few things on this planet irritate me more than to see, in a local newspaper no less, people who are not “overweight” or “obese” making comments that are offensive and hurtful towards people who are.

Our state recently raised the tax on cigarettes a dollar a pack. So now we have people who are writing letters to the editor of our local paper, stating that they feel the next tax should be a special tax on large-sized fast food meals so that people won’t buy them and won’t become obese. Or my personal favorite, that the state should require all citizens to carry an ID card or driver’s license which must be scanned at the register of any grocery store or restaurant and if anything is purchased at a restaurant (regardless of what it is) or certain items are purchased at the grocery store, a special tax is added to the bill. Of course, the people who aren’t overweight or obese would not have to pay anything extra for eating out or purchasing those grocery items.

Why is it that people cannot think before they speak? Honestly, I am trying to lose weight. But even if I were already slim, I would never even consider for a second being hurtful or offensive to someone who is overweight. Do people not realize, these kinds of comments do not spur us to any action other than to cause us (at least those of us who eat when we’re upset) to simply go find more food to scarf down?

I really wish people wouldn’t make offensive or hurtful comments about people who are overweight. We know we’re overweight and many of us don’t like it. We’re trying to remedy the situation, so try getting off our backs once in a while.

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2 Responses to “Irritation”

  1. …Or my personal favorite, that the state should require all citizens to carry an ID card or driver’s license which must be scanned at the register of any grocery store or restaurant and if anything is purchased at a restaurant (regardless of what it is) or certain items are purchased at the grocery store, a special tax is added to the bill…

    Does sound to me like Big Brother is watching…

    I sure hope things like that never happen.

  2. Hi, Charity.

    You make a great point. It’s kind of like people who say that overweight folks should get charges a higher rate for health insurance.

    Brian


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