For only a brief moment, Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, indeed considered running for presidency a few weeks back. Immediately after, Christie, a heavyset man, was bombarded with bigot filled comments and absurd mockery. Such comments included one particular harsh one,
“Christie, they said, was too fat to be president; since he’s obviously unable to control his appetite, who is he to tell Americans they need some fiscal discipline?”
Although already scientifically proven that people in no way choose to be fat, it did not stop these atrocious remarks. People don’t realize how smart the human body is, some bodies are just extraordinarily good at defending against weight loss.
One other comment that really stuck in my head was one columnist, who told Christie,
“To eat a salad and take a walk.”
Not only is that rude, but I missed the part where its written that a person’s size effects their ability to govern society. In fact, your size has little impact on your presidency. William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States, was so overweight that he go stuck in the White House bathtub, but that did not stop him from achieving countless accomplishments including being a main trust buster, a civil rights activist, and ultimately, a Supreme Court Justice.
The author of this article then continues to bring up one last valid argument;
“Attacking fat people is really no different from condemning the poor for being poor: Why not choose to be rich, you lazy bum, by showing some self discipline and working harder?”
Poeple have to accept that some things are just out of our hands. Just like the poor can’t magically wish their situation to be different, so too a fat person can’t just wish to be skinny. But is your weight justification that you’re not fit to be president? I find such a claim to be outrageous. It is time for people to stop being wrapped up in society’s view of “pretty” and stop the smug slandering fat people.
This information was taken from the hard copy of a magazine:
Campos, Paul. “The Last Acceptable Prejudice.” The Week 14 Oct. 2011: 14. Print.
Couldn’t find the article online