Morbid obesity is threatening to take over the health of most residents of the United Kingdom. As of 2015, statistics showed that 1.9 million people in Great Britain were severely overweight, but with the numbers expected to double by 2035, many more are at the risk.
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It is more alarming that these figures include children and adolescents, and is not concentrated in one geographical location. Since 1980, there has been a steady increase in the number of young people in the United States struggling with obesity. The rates among children have seen a two-fold increase and a three-fold increase in adolescents.
Yet, the story gets worse.
Hilary Freeman does the unthinkable
Hilary Freeman went to her 2-year-old daughter’s school and was shocked to note that the nursery assistant, as well as other employees, were fat. It irked her to think the plus-sized woman was the one to look after a gaggle of toddlers.
She also worried that the teacher was not a worthy role-model to her daughter. In her words,
And what sort of unhealthy habits would she teach my daughter…?
This sentiment is what prompted her to enroll her child in another school.
Freeman is of the opinion that society has cuddled obese people far too much, forgetting that it is a condition that can be managed. She said that it is politically incorrect to call anyone ‘fat’ but ‘fat acceptance’ has gone too far.
She made a clear distinction by saying that she did not believe in weight-shaming anyone. However, being overweight is as unhealthy as smoking and so, it should be condemned.
Did people agree with her?
As you imagine, the answer to the above question is a resounding, no. Some Twitter users condemned her position, going as far as saying that she was being mean and horrible.
Others suggested that she ought to teach her daughter about love and compassion for others rather than project her own fears unto the girl.
Hilary Freeman's reasoning is horrible & mean. What does a 2 year old know about fat shaming? She'll learn that from her mom😡— Fiesty (@candy76_lor) September 8, 2017
Anyway, one looks at this, one thing is certain. No one deserves to be body-shamed, and obesity is becoming a pandemic that should be dealt with.