I consider myself to be a bit overweight, but that's my own fault. I don't eat healthy, I don't exercise (although, I'm starting to now). But I know there's discrimination out there...my mom is severely obese.
I love my mother, very much, but when she looks at me, she sees herself at my age and she gets worried. She's worried that if I don't take care of myself NOW, I'll "end up like her." She nearly tears up when she says that, because it's hard on her to be so heavy, and she doesn't want me to be in her shoes at her age.
She was diagnosed with hypothyroidism at my age (26), and gained a lot of weight. When she was 34 she quit smoking, and gained more. Now at 50, she's still obese, diabetic, and has high blood pressure, cholesterol and has back and knee problems.
But I don't look at my mom and think, "God, I don't want to be like her!" I think her being the size she is has given me compassion and the ability to look past that in others. But it's also taught me how others view people her size: with disdain and disgust.
I guess what I'm saying is, I don't disagree that there is discrimination against obese people, and it's unfair and wrong. I see my mother struggle through it. I only hope that I have helped her love herself more by loving her, no matter what.