I was never blessed with the grey matter required to become a medical doctor but being one in Canada might become a lot trickier if Jill Andrew, co-founder of “Body Confidence Canada Awards” and co-creator of the fashion blog “Fat in the City”, gets her way.
Andrew recently met with the Ontario Human Rights Commissioner to discuss possible changes to the Human Rights Code that would make it illegal to discriminate against a person due to their weight, size, or body shape.
And, like so many other social justice causes, race has become part of the equation. The root of the fat-shaming problem would appear to be so-called “white privilege.”
She’s right that no one should be mocked for their body size but she goes too far when she enlists the Human Rights Commission to make fat-shaming illegal.
Her definition of “fat-shaming” would include a doctor suggesting diet and exercise to improve an overweight person’s health. Isn’t that just good medical advice? But, I guess it’s better to be buried in a plus-size coffin than have one’s feelings hurt.
Look, I’m fat. The only reason I’m not circus-fat is I force myself to go to the gym. If my doctor suggested that I diet and exercise to lose weight, I wouldn’t collapse over a “fat-shaming” incident, rather I’d thank her for having my back.
In Andrew’s world, fat is a bad word and being fat should be enshrined as a basic human right. If she gets her way, Canadian doctors better pay heed: Next time Fat Pat or Large Marge comes into the examination room, don’t offer weight-loss advice lest you find a Human Rights Commissioner knocking on your door.
This just in: In Canada, one in four adults and one in ten children are clinically obese.
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