"Some skinny people think that fat people are lazy. That we sit around all day and shovel food into our mouths like gluttonous pigs while we complain about being fat at the same time."
She said "WE" -- meaning she's identifying herself as a fat person. And I suddently realized that I also say "WE" when referring to fat people (or more politcally correct and clinical, "morbidly obese people"). I'm not actually morbidly obese any longer. Yes, I'm overweight according to the BMI scales, but technically I'm a pretty normal sized person. But I still say "WE" and I still think of myself as part of the obese category of people.
So what does this mean? (Any psychologists in the house?) How long will I identify with obesity? Will I always be obese in my mind? What happens next time I'm talking to an obese person who didn't know me as obese and say something that would identify myself with them -- would I be at risk of offending them in some way? Will I grow out of this mindset? Is it a good thing or a bad thing?
Something else to ponder, I suppose.