Letters to the Editor

Give 'bulky' people benefit of the doubt

“You’re so fat, when you sit around the house, you sit around the house.”

This is one of the many jokes that a person of a bulky stature may be subjected to on a daily basis. As a senior at Federal Way High School and also as an American, I have always been promised the freedoms of race, religion and sexual orientation. What about discrimination based on weight? The most recent case of weight discrimination is the 190-pound woman who was turned away from Jazzercise because of her weight. This only shows how controversial this issue is in America today.

A large percentage of the American population is obese, so why shouldn’t the community accept the fact that obese people are out there? Instead of walking into an exercise room and seeing your instructor having the “perfect” body; why not walk in and see an overweight person, struggling and going through the same difficulties you go through?

Skeptics may say a fat person in anger wrote this article. And they’re right. I am an 18-year-old female who wears size-14 pants, and I am tired of being made to feel less important just because I take up more room walking down the hallway. Is it fair to judge me and my fellow overweight Americans because we like our fries super-sized? Or because we buy two tickets to sit comfortably on a plane for long distance traveling? I am also tired of not having the same opportunities as a female of the same age because I don’t have the model figure.

On a serious note: The discrimination against fat people in this country is unjust and unwelcome. While the occasional joke on our behalf is not harmful, the constant badgering would lower the self-esteem of any individual. Why should obese people feel less then equal because of the size of their pants? The opening line of the Declaration of Independence states, “All men are created equal… ” I firmly believe it should be amended to read, “All men, big or small, are created equal…”

SYDNEY MINIKEN

Federal Way

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