To cater to the poison known as Body Positivity, Carleton University removes physical weight scales from the locker rooms and gymnasium because the results of stepping onto the scale for some students was "too triggering."
So we are expected to just sit back, relax, get lazy, and avoid the reality of our growing overweight epidemic that is facing America right now, because it is better to prioritize feelings over health.
I say we should be encouraging more fat shaming, rather than encouraging the bubbles of reality denial we now call safe spaces. When you tell someone you love that they have a terrible habit like smoking, leaving the toilet seat up, not putting things away, being late all the time, talking too fast, dressing like a slob, you call them out on it. You don't ignore it, because the problem will only get worse. If you truly cared about that person, you'd prioritize their health concerns over their feelings. Yes, honey, that dress DOES make you look fat. :/
Seriously? I do not deny that being obese is bad for you, and bad for others. I think everyone just about knows that.
However shaming is not standing on the side of love what so ever. If there is one thing you could learn from life, it's that standing on the side of love is all that matters. Regardless of what you believe, atheist or not, whatever we came from, our "creator" most definitely does not approve of shaming, period end of story. Don't whip out your Bible, half that book is a joke. But look at what just about every genuine good person did: rejected shaming, rejected greed, rejected power, preached compassion, preached love. Do you somehow think shaming fat people will work? It won't, it didn't 50 years ago, it doesn't today.
Education, compassion, and love are the answer. It's plenty okay to say kindly to someone; "Hey man you're a great friend but I'm worried about you. Not trying to be rude but you're packing on a lot weight; is everything okay? It's not really healthy and I'm worried for you." That is going to work out better for you and them in nearly every circumstance.
Edited by Bjursten, March 14 2017 - 02:52 PM.