Liz wrote:How does our culture treat its obese and developmentally disabled differently than others?
What are the effects on them in our culture?
Great comments everyone. Like everyone here I see a greater acceptance of disabled persons in our American culture now than in years past, and this of course is a good thing.
However, I can see the issue of obesity from the perspective of my own culture and the effect that prevailing attitudes in the mainstream culture has affected that perspective. Being "heavy" or "thick" as it was and is referred to in my culture, was never a source of public humiliation when I was growing up for African-Americans, we just didn't see it a reason to dislike someone, after all most of us had a heavy mom, dad, uncle, sister, brother, Big Momma (grandma), grandpa, Aunt Sukie It's only been in very recent time, in my adult life, with the increasingly very negative attitudes towards overweight persons in the mainstream culture (which I personally find deplorable) that I now see this very same attitude mirrored in my culture.
What people don't often understand about weight beyond the gene connection and the emotional tie-in, is that the kinds of foods that are healthy and low in calories are the most expensive foods at the grocery store, if you are poor and you have a lot of mouths to feed you by cheap, and cheap is often fattening as well. Also for most poor people, a night of fun and entertainment is a trip to Mickey D's (MacDonald's) or WhiteCastles they can't afford the beach, the mountains, etc. but you want to give your children some kind of memories and not make every minute about how hard strapped you are financially, so you do the best you can with what you have. So I guess what I'm saying is that, I agree with Peter Hedges and others who have posted here today everyone has their story.
Live in Depp