As with the thought bullets from January 1999, the following excerpts are from a PBS
television program by Frontline, broadcast in November 1998:
- When individuals feel their weight is out of control, there
is a feeling of despair that transcends other areas of their lives. This is why size
acceptance and self-acceptance are so important.
- Words from a large women: "It seemed like people
avoided me because they thought what I had was contagious."
- One major difference between the morbid obese and others is
the feeling of satisfaction and the sensation of fullness that most people have after
eating a normal portion of food. It appears most morbidly obese do not have this appetite
- People are often at war with their own bodies. We
constantly hear and see ads that tell us to eat-eat-eat at the same time we carry along
messages in our heads not to eat.
- If you are a super-sized person in our society, you are a
target. A target for uncomplimentary remarks, rude stares, and constant ridicule.
Super-sized individuals often feel like the moral equivalent to leprosy.
- Craving fat appears to be a primal survival trait for
animals. For thousands of years this trait served humans well. It is only in recent times
this trait has become a hindrance to good health.
Source: Thomas, A. "Fat," a program of Frontline
and WGBH, Boston. Program aired on November 3, 1998. Program transcript
Compiled by Betty Holmes, MS, RD
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