This isn't a personal attack on Dove or anyone, but I feel strongly about this, hence adding a reply to the thread and re-posting.
i.e. metabolism, generally just eating too much, I think people may be missing a point here.
Do you drink too much?
Do you smoke too much?
Do you take drugs in a non-social situation?
Do you rant on the phone too much?
Do you obsess over internet boards? Perhaps even people you've never met, but fancy?
Do you have any obsessive factors to your personality that you'd admit to on here?
Eating disorders can be mentally related too, and as much as you may find 'fatties' annoying, I think it's a bit unfair to judge them all as being stupid, or unable to control their love of pie-munching.
One of my best friends is a size 32. Trust me, I wouldn't have wanted to be in her shoes when we saw the Cure at the Royal Albert Hall and she freaked out because she couldn't fit in the seat, so we had to get one without arms. Nor when she stayed at my place, and the bath sunk and water started streaming through the ceiling as a result. She doesn't CHOOSE to be like this. She's had an awful lot of shit in life and is probably dealing with a form of pretty major depression as a consequence. She was an average size ten or fifteen years ago. This is how she deals with her shit in life – we all have our foibles, it’s just unfortunate that it’s externally obvious for larger people. ALSO, she is one of the most intelligent people I know. Come to think of it, THE most intelligent person I know is a 27 year old, 18.5 stone man. So, exactly where the ‘fat equals stupid’ theory comes from, is a little baffling to me.
I agree that it’s pretty disgusting when you see a young kid who is grossly overweight eating a McDonald’s or whatever – and I wish it weren’t so rife – but do you know the personal circumstances of that child? Perhaps he has a mother who is a single parent, who does three jobs to feed her kids, is knackered most of the time, and doesn’t have the energy to cook a healthy meal from scratch when she gets home. Bollocks to Jamie Oliver’s healthy meals scenario; that’s all very fair and well if you have the time and the money to be able to go to such lengths to cook a healthy meal for the same cost as turkey twisters and chips – but people in deprived situations often don’t.
I guess my point is – unless you’ve been in their shoes – don’t be so quick to judge, please.