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Firstly, I'd like to thank all (75!!!) of you who took the time to write such thoughtful and in-depth replies to my last journal entry asking you about your perspective on weight loss surgery. It was a really informative read, and I'm so glad I asked.
I found myself with further questions, and since they are directed at so many of you who responded, I figured instead of typing the same thing repeatedly I'd just create a new entry and hope that y'all are as vocal here as you were in the last journal.
There were a lot of extremely interesting responses and a whole variety of first- and second-hand experiences related. If you haven't read through the journal and the responses to it, I encourage you to. It's good stuff.
What emerged for me was a sense that the majority of you see fat as a moral issue, and see weight loss surgery is a cop-out, or cheating somehow. That the fat person in question shouldn't (except in dire cases) be permitted to take the easy way out, or to circumvent doing it the old fashioned hard way.
I find that fascinating, because it's something that I've noticed since I started working as a size activist, but I don't yet understand it. Why is fat a moral issue? Why is body size tied at all to a perception of the fat person's ethics or morality? Is this related to the old cardinal sins, and the iron-clad assumption that a fat person is ruled by greed and sloth and gluttony? Is there something more nuanced at work?
What do you think? And if you DO see fat as a moral issue, and fat people as morally bankrupt (or however you would phrase it) I particularly encourage you to respond articulately here. I'd like to understand this more, from all sides of the issue.