By Kevin KIm
“Dear Fat People,” or that is how Nicole Arbour, a Youtube Comedian, thought she should address the touchy topic of fat shaming. Her aim was to encourage overweight or obese people to exercise and help themselves by staying fit and healthy; however, her belief that fat shaming is a good a way to encourage people to be healthy has put her rightly under fire by critics. Fat shaming and ridiculing overweight people is a ridiculous way of trying to promote fitness for the overweight population.
Food is an addiction. No matter how hard one can try, it is hard to get rid of a habit that has been practiced for years. Not only is it hard to control, but bullying people for how they are and how they carry themselves is not the way to encourage change for the better. To insult the fat man she sat next to on the plane in order to exemplify the benefits she sees in fat shaming is not only degrading for the person, but also does not benefit the person at all. Talking behind his back instead of talking to him face to face and telling him to change for his own health is not an effective way to get people to change their behaviors. To say that shaming people to get fit is better than trying to encourage people positively is degrading to anyone’s morality.
Although encouragement can be provoked by negative causes, such as bullying or fat shaming, it does not offer a permanent solution to people’s problems. Negativity only goes so far because once the shaming stops, there is no other apparent motive for overweight people to continue training. Some may say that they will continue to stay fit because of the effects that come with being overweight or that good health will become a habit; however, these motives can be overshadowed by the negative feelings that arise as a result of being verbally or even physically attacked. Therefore, Arbour’s use of fat shaming as the solution to promoting exercise it not only wrong, but also ineffective.
As a sensitive topic, fat shaming should be addressed with some care. The way that Nicole Arbour addresses the topic shows her insensitivity to a type of people and a sensitive topic she clearly does not understand. Although her aim is to help people take the first step to better their health, her ridiculous execution and harshness completely hinder her main goal in the video.
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