In light of some discussion on our Facebook page about the language of “obesity” I’m reblogging Catherine’s critique of that term.
(Hi folks– sorry for the late Weekends with Womack post; technical difficulties down under. Thanks for your patience. Now to the post…)
We use a lot of words to describe large (or large-ish) bodies:
For instance: fat, plump, hefty, bulky, rotund, pudgy, chunky, portly, heavyset, stout—I found 46 synonyms here. Roly-poly may be my favorite one.
Here’s one I don’t think we should use anymore:
Why not? In some ways, “obese” seems less pejorative and less judge-y than those other words. In fact, it’s really just a clinical word, with a precise definition; nothing to be upset about. Most adults with a BMI of 30 or higher are considered obese by medical definition. It’s also easy to determine when it applies. I can weigh myself, measure my height, consult my handy BMI chart (like the one below) and determine reasonably accurately my BMI.
So why do I think it’s a…
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