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Letter: Weight stereotyping form of discrimination

6:35 PM, Feb. 23, 2013  |  Comments

I think it's a shame how individuals perceived by the general public to be either "fat" or "thin" are constantly stereotyped, as though their weight is at all telling of their personality or what they are capable of or not capable of contributing to this world.

I believe Governor Chris Christie's frustrated response to the way people constantly heckle him about his weight is both understandable and entirely warranted. Not all "skinny" people are inherently healthy, just as not all "fat" people are inherently unhealthy. It's foolish for us to assume that just because Governor Christie is a larger man, his risk of dropping dead while in office is significantly higher than even Mr. fit-and-trim Obama, for example, who, although clearly not overweight, did used to smoke cigarettes on a regular basis for many years.

Simply put, being overweight is not a valid excuse for people to cling to when defending why they would obtain from voting for a candidate who would have otherwise had their vote. This is "body profiling," this is discrimination, and it doesn't do anyone justice, including the American people.

For our nation to miss out on the opportunity to have Gov. Christie voted into the office President (if that's what the people of our country would have otherwise chosen) just because of a stigma we choose to attach to those who carry around a few extra pounds would be both a shame and a travesty. He is capable, he is competent, and you either support him or you don't, but I sure hope it's because you either believe in or don't believe in his policies and the way he does his job, rather than something as insignificant as what size pants he puts on in the morning.

Tina Checkie

Oshkosh

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