Great Essay!

Great Essay!

Essay: The Prob­lem With “Over­weight” And “Obese”

“Obe­si­ty” is a cat­e­go­ry peo­ple fall into based on their body mass index (BMI), a met­ric that has come up fre­quent­ly in the last two years of the pan­dem­ic; the CDC claimed that it indi­cates a high­er risk for severe COVID-19, and one’s BMI mea­sure­ment qual­i­fied some to get the vac­cine ear­li­er than oth­ers. As a copy desk, we had a dis­cus­sion about per­son-first lan­guage when it comes to “obe­si­ty” (e.g., “per­son with obe­si­ty”), but the truth is the term itself is best avoid­ed. BMI doesn’t mea­sure any­thing about an individual’s health — it sim­ply looks at height and weight and is based on a Bel­gian scientist’s idea of “the aver­age man” 200 years ago. It’s racist and served as a step­ping stone to the cre­ation of eugen­ics. And both “obe­si­ty” and “over­weight” have con­tributed to weight stig­ma that leads to employ­ment dis­crim­i­na­tion and phys­i­cal and men­tal health issues.

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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