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Meg McDonald

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Transcript of Sizeism

prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of a person's size.
Do you constantly feel like you're being suffocated by the oppression revolving around your size in society?
Presentation by:
Marie, Megan, Mitch and Jesse
Sizeism is present in a multitude of dynamics ranging from workplace to social circles and emphasizes those who are already internally struggling to the public
"Much more then a number on a scale"

Heavily influences us
Relates to Social Media
Creates domino effect
"You must be a certain size to be successful or to be considered beautiful"
Self Worth
How we see ourselves becomes masked by the things we are told are not good enough. This perspective results in poor decision making as well as illogical thinking
Our abilities get masked by the false implications others have made by declaring that we are incapable.
Our past successes begin to be viewed as luck due to the lies that our oppressed society tells us.
"I am sickened that anyone, on any board, in your gigantic company would have voted ‘yes’ on such a thing, let alone enough of you to manufacture an item with such a hurtful message. It’s like handing a suicidal person a loaded gun. You should know better"
-Sophia Bush
Size discrimination is not just denying an individuals ability to do something based on size, but also is the
of eating disorders to
a certain size
Where does sizeism occur?
the media
She was told by a viewer via e-mail that her size was ironic to the lifestyle she promotes.
Did you know...
From a very young age we are exposed to the media discriminating against each of us for our size, even making fun of our physical appearance. Being exposed to the media's corrupt view of beauty at a young age could lead to eating disorders in the future.
Read this article: Barbie, Meet ‘Average Barbie’ | TIME.com http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/07/09/barbie-meet-average-barbie/#ixzz2mWWbLfcI
Artist Nickolay Lamm has given Barbie a radical makeover
New Zealand officials have begun deporting immigrants who don't meet certain health requirements.
New Zealand's immigration authorities think they have gotten to the core of solving the obesity epidemic and rising health costs-- deport fat people. A 50 year-old, 286-pound South African citizen no longer has an "acceptable standard of health" to remain in the country where nearly a third of adults are overweight, according to reports. - NBC
obese French man stranded in the United States because he was deemed too heavy to fly finally took a plane to Britain - only to be refused travel home by the Eurostar cross-channel train."
-The Sydney Morning Herald

Nina Blakemore Who Was Told She Was 'Too Fat' As A Size Zero Model, Becomes A Successful Plus Size Model
But despite putting her body through hell to achieve what she thought was the perfect look Nina was devastated when she claims she was told she was still 'too big'.
For years Nina, 35, of Wolverhampton, West Mids, starved herself until she was spotted by a scout at a Clothes Show event

Read More:
Activist Investor: Abercrombie & Fitch Should Boot CEO Jeffries (Yes, The Fat-Shaming Guy)
Abercrombie & Fitch clothes are made for thin teens only.
One of the very first things that doctors do when a child is born is weigh them. With our fingers crossed we patiently wait for the numbers of a healthy baby weight-which is considered roughly anything between 5-9oz.

According to an article on livestrong.com :

On average...
During the first three months of his life, your baby will grow faster than he ever will again. He'll be gaining about an ounce a day, or 30 grams, which works out to 2 pounds a month, or 900 grams. By the time he's 4 months old, a healthy baby that's born at full term will double his birth weight.

We spend so much time encouraging the weight of our child to progressively increase when they are first born, but as life continues the media encourages us to be too thin to the point of being unhealthy.

It's ironic that weight gain is considered healthy for a new born, however individuals are constantly discriminated because of their size and pressured by an image depicted by society that we need to be a certain size.
"So, hooray for a little junk in the trunk? Yes, some fat can be beneficial, says Konstantinos Manolopoulos, an Oxford University researcher. Pear-shaped women can finally rejoice: Thigh, hip, and butt fat is chemically very stable, and stable fat traps harmful compounds released during digestion. Thigh fat also secretes adiponectin, which helps the body metabolize sugar, and leptin, which regulates appetite." - Article from Women's Health Magazine.
Like most girls, I've struggled with body image. Although I've never been told by anyone that my body wasn't the right size, the media did a good job of doing that. I always have viewed myself as not skinny enough. I can definitely relate to those who say the media play a huge part in a person's self esteem because I am a victim of it too. In most clothing stores I am a size "5". In my mind I thought I was too big, Hollywood kept telling me I needed to be a size "2" or under to be beautiful...
For years I dieted and exercised...I was able to overcome this and realize how unrealistic it was.
For me, I've always been seen as anorexic and not big enough or tall enough to be capable of anything of importance. My own family would tell me that I am anorexic and too small - that changed my overall mindset and sense of self worth. Its my metabolism, my body type and my genetics. I can't change that, it's just who I am.
For me, my BMI depicts me as obese. Many people view the BMI as a very accurate way to depict if a person's weight is ideal or not, however just by looking at me you would know that it is inaccurate. This is because it does not take into account someone's height. As for how I've personally experienced sizeism I would say it hasn't really effect me too much. My friends joke around with me because I am short but even if it wasn't a joke I know it wouldn't matter. My height is something that doesn't define me as a person, what I am capable of and my role in life comes from within.
Sizeism took a toll on a relationship I was in a few years ago. The person I was dating at the time took the media's view of "the perfect size" too seriously and made really rude comments to me. He pinched my hips one day when we were play-fighting and immediately stopped and made a comment basically saying that my body was ugly. I was 14 years old, and didn't stop fighting with self worth and forms of eating disorders until I was 17 years old because of how effected he was by the media.
Sizeism is influenced by the mainstream media and our societies unrealistic expectations of what we as individuals need to look like, in regards to size. As men, if we are not 6 ft tall (+) or have a muscular body, we are seen as weak, incapable to protect, and insignificant. As women, society defines beauty to be an average height and size zero.
We've been taught to see the lack of these characteristics as unattractive an undesirable, thus impacting our societal status and worth in the workplace.
- Jesse
Society's view weighs more.
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