Wow, good one! Yes, I think I have been the victim of stereotyping. I feel this a lot, actually. I think people assume that I am a little less smart and not that capable, because of being overweight. I think people think that fat people are kind of dumb, and not with it. Like a big jolly old lady.
I felt this sometimes this when I was teaching, with a couple of my colleagues. They would not treat me as an equal, even though my knowledge base and teaching skill was as good as theirs. I would sometimes be excluded from conversations where I should have been included. It wasn't everyone, at all, but some people who seemed especially image-conscious. I had to work harder to prove myself, I think, because of the weight.
I may be fat, but I sure ain't jolly! Image by Katherine Scribbles
I have also been stereotyped as not caring about nutrition and loving junk food. We were doing a fun survey with the kids for a project and one of the questions we all asked each other was what we liked better: a meal at McDonald's or a meal at a fine restaurant. We had to guess each others tastes. My colleague guessed that I liked McDonald's. Let me just say here that I detest McDonald's.
I used to sometimes feel it at the grocery store, too. People might see junk food in my cart and assume it was for me but I was actually the one trying to be healthy. The junk food was for my stepsons and my husband. My husband had never eaten a vegetable in his life until he met me. Now he's eating healthy!
I wish people could know that I am smart and a deep thinker and not lazy and that I know a lot about nutrition, even though I sometimes overeat. And that I have not always been overweight and I am not jolly!
And you know what? Those who know me, know this already. And those who make assumptions, well, it's your loss!
|Menu Plan, Image by Bunky's Pickle|
Happy Monday, everyone. Have an awesome week!