Why should we take steps towards helping the obese? Well they generally have to live a life with many great struggles. You might compare them to the handicapped, disabled or those who are too old and too sick to see about themselves. Some of us may have contributed to the stigmatization these people face at one point or another. Obesity and society with respect to the way we treat the obese is not really different.
The fact is they are human beings with feelings. Like other human beings they are not perfect either. However they are treated unfairly at times. A little compassion towards them would go a long way. After all they may not be entirely responsible for their current situation. What I am saying is to treat them the way you would like to be treated. Here are 5 ways of helping the obese to make them feel better about obesity and society. Some of them may even help you.
1) Stop scorning them:
Unless they have done something to really upset you. You and that person should try to move from the point of conflict without the feelings of anyone getting hurt. Apart from that it won’t hurt to go to an obese individual you may see often and greet them, striking up a conversation and generally be polite to them. If you scorn them and everyone else scorns them, they will feel lonely. You know what it feels like?
2) Imagine yourself in their shoes:
As hard as it might be. Look at various obese people and what they go through. Imagine yourself as one of them if you are not obese yourself. By helping the obese you learn to understand them.
This goes without saying. Even though their ideals may not be the same as yours, you should still respect their point of view, in the same way you would like them or someone else to respect yours. Call them by their name instead of “fatso” and other derogatory names. Listen to them and make them feel important. Helping obese individuals would not make them feel discriminated.
4) Educating them where necessary:
Many obese individuals are aware of their situation. Some may not be aware of the solutions however. You may know something they do not. For example steps they can take to lose some pounds. Many obese people are constantly seeking weight loss solutions. Some do not really bother trying to lose weight and continue with their current lifestyle. A reason for this could be that they are not aware of the various health hazards linked to obesity. Here is where you come in and help the obese by educating them.
5) Encouraging & supporting them:
As long as they are taking part in a positive endeavor with good intentions, you should provide some encouragement and support to them. They will be able to live better, when someone who is a positive influence is by their side. Being that support base would be a step towards helping the obese in a big way.