Fat vs. Obese: Which Is Worse?Posted on Aug 11th 2010 10:00AM by Hilary Walke
Have you ever been called fat or obese? While it may not be the most polite way to give someone a wake-up call, with 72 million Americans officially obese (and rising), it may be the last solution we have. But does name-calling actually work, and even if it does, are we just mincing words?
We asked our readers what they thought about the idea of being called "fat" or "obese" and what they'd do to battle the obesity epidemic.
They both cut right to the core...neither one is worse than the other...
They both are hurtful....and i used to be called bones and skinny...either extreme was meant to cut through my core, and I've had the unfortunate experience of both. I know I'm fat/obese. I also have an illness that contributes to 90 percent of it. I'll take responsibility for 10 percent of weight gain, but then I'm supposed to be 100 percent responsible for it being on my body???? and removing it in my condition is nearly impossible.
I think the whole system needs to be revamped. I feel the clinical guidelines doctors have are out of whack. I've been thin and fat. To look at me you would not call me obese (what the general lay person meaning is), but according to doctors I am. It's ridiculous that a person can have just 30-40 extra pounds and doctors call them obese. Just like Chris said, plenty of overweight (technically obese) people are very active and their weight doesn't really hold them back.
I was called fat in high school. I was maybe 10 pounds overweight back then. The years of high school reunions have been eye-opening, however. The joke seems to be on them!
As a trainer I have to tell people they are obese quite often. I strive to do it kindly, based on their data. Still hard.
When I was pregnant and needed some tests done, my dr put 'obese' right on the prescription that I had to take to the hospital... I cried for hours.
When I was called fat by my parents it hurt for a lifetime.when I realized I was Obese@ age 47 I beat myself up into losing 70 pounds. It has to come from within. I finally saw the light, but it still hurts :(
Being called fat is so hurtful. To me it is criticizing the way you look on the outside. Being called obese is more like saying someone has a disease. I don't think its a wake up call at all. I think calling someone a name no matter what it is not right. Maybe talking to someone who is overweight about your concerns for their health is a better way to get your point across rather than just saying "you're fat"
I've been called fat before and I have to say that it's extremely hurtful! I've never been called Obese, but I think that if someone had told me that, it would have scared me more than anything, because it is a disease.
Only to my twin sister and it just slipped out. I felt bad but it was a wake-up call for her. Now she exercises and is getting fit.
First lady Michelle Obama is tackling childhood obesity with her "Let's Move" campaign. What should we do to help adults?