I’ve been seeing a lot of pictures like this lately. Overweight people sitting down in restaurants or perhaps someone out and about on a mobility scooter. I find it very frustrating. First, taking a picture of someone without their consent is dubious. And then putting it on the internet to be mocked is just mean.
Yes, it is possible this person is just lazy. But it is also possible that they have a myriad of medical conditions. You have no idea, Sometimes my fatigue is so bad that if I am standing and I don’t sit down immediately, I will collapse. I could seriously injure myself otherwise. My father has arthritis in every joint in his body. Every step he takes brings with it a lot of pain. Just standing can be torturous. And if he needs to sit down to be relieved of that pain, he should not be mocked for it. And people with mobility scooters might have a very good reason to need them. In fact, these people could be overweight mostly because they have poor health.
The truth is, you don’t know. So maybe you should stop being jerks and leave these people alone.
Thin Privilege: Never having to worry about someone taking a picture of you in public in a situation that would encourage the spread of stereotypes related to your body size in order to humiliate and degrade you and post it on the internet so people can mock people just like you.