It is one of nature’s mistakes that the slowest people on any given pavement tend to be the widest.
I once said this in earshot of some morbidly obese pedestrians and was admonished by my companion. “Shhh,” she said. “They can hear you.” What are they going to do? I wondered. Chase me down?
There’s nothing wrong with being prejudiced against the obese provided that your assumptions are merely that they are lazy and indulgent. It is prejudice against laziness and indulgence that is the problem.
So here is a question that has been irritating me: during which period in British (or American) history did obesity stop being a characteristic of the rich and become a trait of the poor? I imagine it must be the 20th century, but when, exactly? Somebody give me a decade.