Cel mai nou grup de presiune: lobby-ul „supraponderalilor”. Cum a devenit obezitatea morbidă „criteriu de discriminare”

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În căutarea obsesivă a unor noi motive de „luptă contra discriminării” au venit la rând… grașii. Pardon, supraponderalii. Nu, nu ne înțelegeți greșit; batjocura la adresa oamenilor supraponderali este inadmisibilă, însă de aici și până la a portretiza excesul de greutate corporală drept criteriu de non-discriminare sau, mai grav, la a transforma obezitatea în motiv de „mândrie” și „diversitate” e o cale lungă.

În SUA se manifestă o nouă formă a feminismului radical: lupta contra prejudecăților „patriarhale” conform cărora femeile grase nu sunt „frumoase” și doar cele cu dimensiuni corporale croite după un „standard fascist” și „plin de prejudecăți” ar fi preferate de bărbați. În media și activismul social a început prezentarea și chiar promovarea obezității ca pe un fel de „alegere”, care ar genera automat dreptul la un tip de protecție specială.

Obezitatea, în special cea morbidă, metamorfozată într-o „frumusețe specială” de reprezentantele „noului val” feminist înseamnă BOALĂ, scris cu litere mari și roșii. Nu sunteți pe un blog de medicină, dar știți, suntem convinși, despre marile probleme de sănătate asociate cu supraponderalitatea.

Mai mult decât atât, proiectele media în care femei suferind de obezitate morbidă sunt dezbrăcate și arătate ca noile standarde ale feminității au o insistentă nuanță perversă.

Cum nici bătrâna Europă nu poate rămâne mai prejos când vine vorba despre lupta contra „discriminării”, EUROBESITY, „rețeaua europeană împotriva discriminării persoanelor supraponderale” (în jargonul politic corect este utilizat termenul „supersized”) profită de o decizie a Curții de Justiție a Uniunii Europene prin care se constată că supraponderalii sunt victimele discriminării.

EUROBESITY a transmis Comisiei Europene o scrisoare prin care afirmă că:

  1. La fel ca și „genul”, rasa sau orientarea sexuală, obezitatea nu este o alegere.
  2. Problemele cu care se confruntă obezii sunt foarte similare cu cele cu care se confruntă ale grupuri-victimă precum… ați ghicit, minoritățile sexuale

și de aceea solicită birocraților:

  1. Recunoașterea explicită a obezității drept criteriu de discriminare, la egalitate cu „genul”, vârsta, rasa, religia, orientarea sexuală etc.
  2. Obligarea companiilor private și a furnizorilor de servicii la adaptarea business-urilor pentru a satisface nevoile obezilor. Companii aeriene, producători de uși sau lifturi, țineți-vă bine, avem de lucru pentru voi!
  3. Sugerarea unei „cote de obezitate” în consiliile de conducere ale firmelor PRIVATE. Cu alte cuvinte, nu vă mai alegeți oamenii din board pe criteriu de competență, ci de sex, „orientare sexuală” sau de cât consumă la masa de prânz!

Într-o lume aflată pe marginea prăpastiei economice și sub amenințarea războiului și a terorismului, nici că se putea o preocupare mai reprezentativă pentru nebunia și autismul Occidentului decât transformarea unei boli și a unei patimi într-un motiv de mândrie.

Stupizenia evidentă a considerării obezității drept o stare înnăscută și nu ca ceea ce este, anume consecința directă a unui stil de viață (cu excepțiile de rigoare) nesănătos și profund dăunător nu este departe de cea a considerării homosexualității ca înnăscută, deși ambele afirmații contrazic flagrant toate dovezile științifice. Dragi medici, aveți grijă de acum înainte ce le spuneți pacienților supraponderali, să nu vă dea în judecată pentru discriminare, la fel cum este cazul homosexualilor, cărora Doamne ferește să le sugerezi vreo anomalie!

Așteptăm și primele paradele ale „mândriei grașilor”…

EUROBESITY – European Network against the discrimination of super-sized PERSONS

Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission
Mr. Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Comission Mrs. Vera Jourova, Commissioner for Fundamental Rights

Brussels, 22 December 2014

Dear President, Dear Vice-President, Dear Commissioner,

As you may have heard, the Court of Justice of the EU has recently issued a landmark decision explicitly recognizing that obese people can be, and indeed often are, victims of discrimination on the grounds of their weight and their outward appearance.

As this is the first time that a law court in Europe has recognized obesity as a possible ground of discrimination, this judgment comes as a great encouragement for millions of Europeans who are struggling with weight problems. However, this can only be a first step, and a long way still lies ahead of us. EUROBESITY wants to be the European Commission’s partner on this way.

EUROBESITY has been founded as a European network of civil society organizations dealing with the problems and disadvantages faced by persons with overweight. These disadvantages have, on the one hand, to do with health problems caused by obesity (which in itself is a health problem), while on the other hand they are similar to – or maybe even worse than – the discrimination and social exclusion faced by other social minorities.

Like gender, race, or sexual orientation, obesity is not a self-chosen condition. But it can have a serious and unfavourable impact on the lives of those affected by it. Obese people have a shorter life expectation, higher suicide rates, and lower self-esteem than other people. Compared to the non-obese, they are on average less successful in their professional lives, thus earning lower salaries and accumulating lower pension rights. At the same time, they face higher expenditures than other people, given that they have to spend more than the average population on food and clothing.

Even worse, obese persons are often the victims of bullying and discrimination by non-obese bigots. It begins with name-calling etc. on the schoolyard and in the class-room (where both teachers and fellow-pupils often poke fun at super-sized children), and continues throughout the obese person’s entire lifetime. Obese persons have difficulties in finding attractive sex-partners, which means that their children, should they have any, are likely to undergo the same ordeal as they: victimization is passed on from one generation to the next. Last but not least, obese persons face discrimination on the workplace, where many career opportunities remain inaccessible to them because of their outward appearance, as well as with regard to the access of certain goods and services (think of the difficulties in finding super-sized clothes at a reasonable price).

The problems of obese people are thus indeed very similar to those faced by other victim groups such as LGBT people. But in fact they are even worse. While LGBT people can in principle blend in with the rest (and thus escape discrimination) simply by not exhibiting their sexual orientation, obese people have no such option: their career as victims is inescapable.

It is therefore about time for the EU to address this serious problem, if it really wants to be an egalitarian and discrimination-free society in which all enjoy equal opportunities. It is completely unacceptable that obese people, who (depending on how one defines obesity) make up between 15 and 40% of Europe’s population, continue being the social group that one can discriminate against with complete impunity.

EUROBESITY therefore calls on the Commission to urgently address the issue of discrimination on the basis of obesity. In this regard, we would like to address to you the following policy suggestions:

  • Explicit recognition of obesity as a specific and singular „ground of discrimination” (on equal footing as gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.). The above-mentioned CJEU judgment, while setting a first step into the right direction, fails to recognize obesity as a „ground of discrimination” in its own right, and instead qualify it as a „disability”. This is deeply insulting and humiliating for obese persons, who consider themselves normal human beings. In a society where between 15 and 40% of the population are obese, obesity is certainly as „normal” (if not more) than being LGBT. In actual fact, the anomaly is the multiple discriminations and disadvantages obese people have to face.
  • Inclusion of obesity into the pending proposal for a horizontal „Equality Directive”, given the well-known discriminations obese persons face with regard to the access of goods and services. For example, producers of clothing and shoes should be obliged to make clothing and shoes available at extra sizes, and at the same price as for normal confection sizes. Buildings should be adapted to become „obese-friendly”, for example by providing a minimum width for all doors and elevators, and a minimum size of all rooms. Similar considerations apply to the size of seats in airplanes, the width of hotel beds and of berths in railway sleeper cars, etc.
  • Existing „Equality Directives” should be modified to explicitly cover obesity. This applies in particular to Directives 2000/78 and 2000/43.
  • There should be no discrimination between different grounds of discrimination. Therefore, all measures that the EU has adopted to address possible discriminations with regard to other grounds of discrimination should be extended to cover discrimination of obese people.
  • In order to enhance the career perspectives for obese people, the Commission should suggest an „obese quota” for company boards, comparable to what it has proposed with regard to a gender quota.
  • The EU Fundamental Rights Agency should be asked to issue a study on the situation of obese people in the EU, and asked to give advice how to combat obesophobia and obese-hatred.
  • The Commission should elaborate a „Roadmap to end the discrimination of obese persons”.

Dear President, dear Vice-President, dear Commissioner, we would be pleased to convene with you a personal meeting in order to discuss these and other proposals. Despite the fact that none of you is himself obese, we are sure that you will listen to our concerns open-mindedly, given that, with 15 to 40% of Europeans directly affected and their numbers still increasing, obesity is one of the greatest emerging fundamental rights concerns. However, before we can visit you we must ask you as a matter of urgency to remove the new revolving doors at the entrance of the Berlaymont building, as these are too narrow for us and many other obese people to pass, thereby setting an obstacle for the access of obese people to those who govern them.

Yours respectfully,

Adolf HÜGELBAUCH (President)
Ferdinando CICCIOLINI (Secretary General)