Tuesday, July 05, 2016

No, Our Office's RD Is Not a "Skinny Bitch"

Judging people on their appearances is not ok.

Over the years our office has hired a whole slew of RDs of various shapes, sizes, and sexes.

There's been one commonality though.

When the RD in question is young, female, and thin, some patients will brand her (we hear them in the waiting room) as the "skinny bitch".

That it doesn't happen with our young male dietitian (whose body fat at last check here was an almost impossibly low 7%) is sexist.

That it happens at all, and from people who themselves know what it's like to be judged on their appearances and more specifically on their size, is sad.

Wouldn't it be great if people's bodies were their own business?

Wouldn't it be great if otherwise awesome artwork designed to address weight bias didn't do so by disparaging thin women as "gross and boney"?

(IMPORTANT EDIT - didn't notice the next frame where the artist addresses this directly. Sorry! Artwork wholly awesome.)

Wouldn't it be great if friends and relatives didn't tell people with weight that they're worried about them and that they should lose - as if they didn't already know about their weight and in most cases, and as if there were an easy, sustainable, way for them to do it?

Wouldn't it be great if fat acceptance champions didn't tell people who wanted to lose weight that they were wrong for wanting and wasting their time if trying?

Wouldn't it be great if we just treated everyone the same regardless of what they looked like?