#263: You Don't Have to Tell Us We're Overweight
Friday, March 19, 2010
I had to stop into a spa and massage facility today. During our meeting, I asked the owner if massage would help get rid of my sciatica. She pointed to my stomach and said, "No, but losing that will."
Her comment made me feel ashamed and embarrassed. We all know we're overweight. How rude was it for a stranger to make what, to me, was such an insulting remark? Why do others feel so free in commenting about our weight?
Do they think we're unaware of being heavy? Do they think we are unaware of how we look? Maybe because some people have never faced a weight problem they are insensitive to people who are.
But it comes down to this: We know we're overweight. No one needs to tell us.
Should I have said anything in rebuttal? If so, what?
Or was being polite and not speaking up the proper, mature way to handle this?
What would you have done? Or, if you have experienced a similar situation, how did you respond?