Young Reporters: Is fat a legal issue?
EVERYONE in society is built in different shapes and sizes, and this is what makes us unique and our own person.
However, recently in the news the word "fat" is being considered to be legally banned due to causing upset and depression to those who are overweight.
Earlier this month, British MPs discussed that calling somebody "fatty" or "obese" should be considered in the same legal base as racism and sexual discrimination.
I understand that this may cause upset to certain people but also feel it is slightly drastic to make the words illegal.
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As individuals I don't think anybody has the right to judge a person on their looks, because everyone is their own person, and either choose to look that way or have no choice to look that way.
It's even been talked about that doctors and other health professionals stop using the words obese and overweight.
This really has gone over the top, as people need to know they are overweight for health reasons, we can't sugar coat the truth all the time to avoid any minor upset.
Surely it's better for the patient to know the health scare that they are in rather than pass over the topic to avoid them getting upset?
A fine example of judgmental behaviour is a well-known designer clothing shop across the UK and the USA is recognised to only employ the "perfect" person. After speaking to Louise, 19, who suffers from cerebral palsy, she told me how she experienced not being able to enter the shop because of her wheelchair.
Disgustingly, this shop has already made it clear by this, who is and is not welcomed into their stores.
Also, when applying to work in these stores applicants are judged 100 per cent on their appearance, the cleanliness of their nails, their body physique, hair, and their general appearance.
I am all for clean workers and attending work looking smart and presentable, but to judge somebody purely on how they look rather than their work ability or experience is disgusting.
It is an outrage to even think that future employers hire people on their appearance rather than their intelligence and quality of public service.
But what is the perfect person?
There are many representations and ideas of what the perfect person is but the truth is there isn't one.
Too often girls – and increasingly boys – aspire to be like celebrities that they see in magazines, but what many of us forget is the manipulation performed on these images.
The majority of these images get "excess body weight" taken away from them, wrinkles, spots and blemishes removed from their faces, and their stomachs smoothened with digital trickery.
It is physically impossible for us to look like the people in the magazines, but yet people of all ages still aim to create themselves to look like that, causing many illnesses and health risks along the way.
This is only encouraging young people to develop eating disorders in order to form a perfect body, influencing the 80 per cent increase of under 16-year-old girls that are admitted to hospital because of anorexia.
After being teased myself about the way I look, I know first-hand the upset caused and the aspiration to change yourself, but I also know the dangers that can occur along the way and addiction to changing yourself just to please others.
Sadly, people do get judged on how they look every day. Society as a whole looks too deeply into appearance, making immediate impressions on things such as hair colour and if they wear glasses.
A good example of this is if somebody has blonde hair, and immediately being stereotyped as a "blonde bimbo". Do people really think somebody's hair colour can affect their IQ?
Hopefully, people will think differently about judging people by their looks, and take a closer look at themselves next time.
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By Laura Holloway