I’ll just add my two cents on the topic of fat shaming and fat people, although I haven’t yet read the article.
Whenever I see an overweight person, my first thought is that such person doesn’t have much self respect, discipline, and mental toughness. Honestly it’s hard for me to justify a person being fat. Barring a serious mental issue, we ultimately have control over what we put in our mouth (although admittedly, during the hardest dieting period of my life I have had two instances of binge eating where I completely felt like I didn’t have any control over what I was doing) and are responsible for that.
On the other hand, I can’t believe a person right in their mind would ever go up to a fat person and start insulting them out of the blue for being fat. What the hell. If I see a fat person down the street or meet one, I probably won’t have a very good opinion of them, but at the same time I couldn’t care less. BUT, I have no sympathy for fat people. To me, it’s almost 100% their fault.
At the same time, I am aware that my understanding is limited by my own experience. My experience is that of a teenager who realized he didn’t like his body at the age of 15, and transformed it, and keeps working to make it better and better. I was skinny fat, but I was no emotional eater or anything. I was simply a young kid who previously didn’t care for appearance—the moment I started doing so, I took the necessary steps to change it.
But I do realize people can have issues, baggage, maybe even past psychological trauma, and probably discipline isn’t always enough in such contexts. Yet we only have one life to live, so even if I had underlying issues that lead me to overeating, I wouldn’t just delude myself by blaming my problem of them. I’d want to take the necessary steps to fix myself and then do what I need to do nutrition wise.
So yeah, I respect fat people as human beings, but I can’t help but feel they might be weak. But I also think that people who put them down in order to feel better about themselves are just as weak. Seeing as we have free will, we also have the right to judge other people, sure, but having the right to do something doesn’t mean you should be doing it or you are a good and respectable person if you do it.