“If you think fat people have no self-discipline…”

“…consider the fact that they haven’t killed you yet.” – Robin Abrahams, author of the Miss Conduct advice blog at the Boston Globe.

Robin Abrahams also says:

I’ve noticed that whenever I suggest treating fat people with courtesy, I get criticism for it–even hate mail. (The other two groups that this is true of are smokers and Muslims.) People really, truly believe that it is not only acceptable, but right to treat fat people with disdain…. I cannot fathom what it must be like to have others take it upon themselves to hate my body for me.

I think I like Robin Abrahams.



  1. goldnick

     /  July 10, 2012

    I’ve always thought it strange that people have (rightly) stopped making gay/black/mentally handicapped jokes on TV and such but it’s still perfectly OK to make fat jokes.

    • I’m right there with you.

    • If I was going to hazard a guess, it’s that those people still see obesity through the “willpower” lens. If you believe that fat people just need a little more self-control, then it’s a choice to be fat and they’re open for mocking. Those other categories have generally become acknowledge as ‘not a choice’, so it’s not acceptable to make fun of them for it.