Fat prejudice or 'fattism' is a pervasive issue in society.
People often make presumptions about certain body types and what their capabilities are. But are these assumptions about weight and size true?
Eusebius McKaiser asked listeners about body-shaming, and this is what they had to say:
I'm obese and about 45 kilograms overweight... There is a completely legitimate reason for others to think that fat people are lazy. I will own my laziness. It's a reflection on me as a person.— Keeyan, caller
I hired an obese friend as a shop assistant. I ended up having to take over so many of her tasks. She was obsessed with food and it didn't end very well.— Anonymous, via SMS
I'm in the finance sector and when I meet a client for the first time they wonder if I'm up for it.— Lindiwe, caller
@Eusebius I think its true thats why I always make sure I prepare well in.order to change mind set. I am a perfomance auditor.— mamadimo (@mamadimo) February 2, 2017
@Eusebius we as society have been conditioned to believe obese people are lazy hence the struggle to find employment. It's so wrong!!!— Thesna Aston (@ThesnaAston) February 2, 2017
I'm an overweight marathon athlete, over 100kg. I've done ultra marathons too, I just don't look the part— Veteran Montshiwa (@MMolemi) February 2, 2017
I weigh 65 kg,and I'm lazy too. So...— Lee-rah-to (@LeratoSehlabelo) February 2, 2017
If I know nothing about u,I judge you by what I see.— Sandile Skhosana (@sandileskhosi) February 2, 2017
Take a listen to callers share their experiences:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Is your waistline a measure of your competency? Listeners share