How does this statement make you feel? Shocked? Do you agree with it on some level? Do you feel like fat people have no right to complain about feeling bad...after all, if they'd just lose weight, they would be healthy...right?
As a fat person, I can tell you that many people feel this way, unfortunatly, many of these people work in the medical profession. I have experienced this attitude many times. I have been to quite a few doctors who, although they may not say it outloud, have this very opinion. One actually came right out and said it. "I wish that Dr's would quit sending me overweight patients. There is nothing I can do for you. Lose weight, and your health problems will go away." He was an Endocrinologist. Someone who specializes in hormones and the endocrine system. Someone who should have been able to help me figure out why things were happening in my body and why it was so hard to lose weight and keep it off. After going to him last year, I pretty much swore off doctors. Well, I was in so much pain over the weekend, that I really had to go to the ER, only to be faced with a similar situation.
I am quite sure that the ER doctor I saw had this very opinion. If I had been a thin person, coming in and complaining about severe abdominal pain and a nightmare headache, do you think he would have sent me on my way without even an exam? He told me that there was nothing wrong with me the first time he walked in the room and saw me. I can attribute some problems to my weight, but severe pain...no. And even if the pain was somehow caused by the fat, does that mean I don't deserve to even be examed to find out the cause?
If you are or have ever been overweight, you will understand exactly how I feel. If you aren't, count your lucky stars that you have never had to face this prejudice and humiliation. Don't you think I would rather be thin? Don't you think I have tried, countless times, to lose weight? Do you think I'm lazy? Stupid? A bad person for being fat? Don't you think that it's exhausting to put on a happy, cheerful face, all the time, just to compensate for the fact that people have to look at my disgusting fat body?
Hey...maybe fat people do deserve to die. It might just be easier.