What does size have to do with anything you ask.
Well speaking as a person who has fought with her weight since 1949 I can tell you it has everything to do with everything. We live in a society that reads us by our adipose tissue.
Do I agree with it?
Of course not.
Am I subject to it?
Of course I am.
My reason for describing the nurse as obese is because she is. Does it matter in a hospital environment – well it’s obvious aint it? Would you go to a hairdresser who had dandruff, a comb over and a seriously misbeshaving rug?
I don’t think so.
I don’t have a problem with her being hugely overweight but there are some who do. My reason for describing her thus was to give you a picture of my day on the ward.
There is something decidedly uncomfortable about watching a huge health professional shuffling behind a trolley as she dishes out drugs.
Does it make her a bad person?
No of course not.
Does it maker her less good at her job?
Of course not.
Was I being rude, dismissive and offensive?
I hope not.
But since you bring it up it it’s worth mentioning that it strikes at my own insecurities about size and self esteem.
Having lost a deal of weight over the last year, I still find myself baffled by my belly whether real or imagined. And yes it matters to me that I am less fat. Why? Because it says something about my own self image, health and discipline but more importantly its what is said about me by others. Do I care what other people think and say?
Essentially no. But it certainly feels better being addressed as a human being rather than the fat funny bird.
Do I think our size obsessed culture stinks?
What do you think?
Weight issues belong to all of us as a society. Obesity is an issue to be looked at not swept under the carpet or defended. It is a political issue when food companies lace our food with hidden sugars and starches, take away our freedom of choice and confuse us with weight gaining produce only to sell us weight reducing solutions – that don’t work.
As it happens the nurse in question is extremely good at her job, very efficient and caring. But she is XXL and it doesn’t bode well for her own health. Ironic isn’t it?
It cannot have escaped your notice that so many ‘funny’ woman use their size as currency for their acts. From Hattie Jacques to Dawn French, from Jo Brand to Katy Brand, from Miranda to me. men rarely use the size of their beer bellies as sauce material
So dear bloggers the use of ones love handles to get a laugh is as old as the hills, my use of the word ‘obese’ has set off this debate. I welcome your comments since I don’t know the politically correct position on weight and still, at the ripe old age of should know better, am still caught up in the battle of the bulge…..