"We've been working for years to convince people
that this (obesity) is a serious disease
that requires medical treatment,"
said James Zervios of the Obesity Action Coalition.
"If employers want to address it,
there has to be
a comprehensive treatment plan in place,
and this usually means a bariatric physician
and psychological counseling.
It's not just a question
of taking personal responsibility."
He means surgeon.
The Obesity Action Coalition is a barely disguised pro-weight loss surgery organization.
I knew that already.
What worries me about this type of rhetoric is how I'm going to handle it when I'm confronted with it in public arenas.
When my book comes out I plan to do a book tour.
I'll hire a publicist and do radio, tv, and whatever else to promote it.
By society's standards I'm still fat.
I'm a fat person going out in public to talk about how I recovered from my eating disordered behavior.
The retort might be, "But you're still fat!"
I must prepare.
Today I added some links to my sidebar under Lisa's Links.
I'll have to do some old fashioned memorizing of the facts in order to defend myself against the anti-obesity agenda.
I don't want to have to be the fat-defender but I don't want to be bullied either.
When a situation keeps presenting itself it means we still need to learn a lesson from it.
I've never handled the being-bullied problem that started in first grade.
I've always just removed myself from the situations.
I have to learn not to choke under pressure.
I have to learn to fight back.
I might have to get beat up a little in order to learn.
That's what I've been dreading.
That's why the damned book isn't done.
I have to learn the lesson of defending myself against bullies
and I'm afraid.
Fear can stall me, but it won't stop me.