Fitness Writer Refuses To Work With Overweight People Claiming They Lack Self Control!
A fitness writer has sparked outrage online for claiming she wouldn’t work with an overweight person because they ‘lack self control.’
Samantha Yardley, a 34 year old writer from the UK says she doesn’t believe in fat shaming but also doesn’t agree with society accomodating overweight people and accepting obesity. Taking to her blog this month, Samantha voiced her concerns about working with overweight people:
So, as a businessperson myself and former employer; would I work with (extremely) fat people? No, I wouldn’t. Harsh but true (I’m sorry). For me, at best it demonstrates a troubled mind, lacking self-control and at worst it shows a severely disturbed individual who is likely to be lacking energy and suffering poor health. The way a person presents themselves physically says as much about them as the credentials they can list on a piece of paper. No, we shouldn’t judge people based on beauty, however as humans we can’t hide extreme, debilitating gluttony because we wear it as layers of fat. That’s biology not bigotry.
Where I draw a very resolute line at body positivity is today’s society validating and excusing severely overweight and obese people. If you are unable to perform day-to-day tasks like taking a leisurely walk, getting up the stairs without being out of breath or using generic seating at restaurants then you have a big problem, pun intended. Yes, different body types should be respected and big is beautiful… to an extent but severe extremes, be that dangerously under or overweight should be treated as a condition that requires help, not commended or excused.
Appearing on UK talk show This Morning on Wednesday, Samantha continued to make comments on how she believes overweight people need to be treated. One of her arguments stated that plus-sized clothes should be made more difficult to buy to encourage people to lose weight.
“We are all judged on how we look. I wouldn’t judge someone for being a little overweight,” she said. “But if it was someone who was extremely obese, I would think they are lacking in self-esteem, maybe they have the wrong lifestyle, maybe there’s an underlying problem.”
The outbursts continued with the writer making claims that people who are obese “take nearly twice as many days off” and are also “more lethargic and more lazy”.
As you can imagine, the comments drew a lot of criticism from viewers who couldn’t believe how hateful and judgmental she was with many saying a person’s size is “none of her business” and weight can be impacted by number of factors, such as illness and medication. Here are just a few comments:
Could you ask Samantha Yardley if she would refuse an overweight doctor saving her life? Or would she refuse an overweight surgeon carrying out a life saving operation on her? Just curious.
Welllll Samantha Yardley I’d rather work with a fat nice person than have a judgemental bitch of a boss
To Samantha Yardley: I would rather be obese and live a shorter life full of empathy, care, compassion, love and assistance to others than live a long life as a thin person with so much privilege that they disguise their vitriol for overweight people as a desire to help them.
I do not usually watch This Morning, but I just watched Samantha Yardley say that she would not employ/work with bigger people. What a shallow attitude to have, I hope she changes that. I am not sure anyone would want to work for her anyway.
While Samantha acknowledges her comments are controversial and claims to be “sorry to have caused offence” she also has zero regrets about them.
“Like it or lump it, I got people talking about a pivotal issue,” she wrote. “A tirade of abuse is all worthwhile if I can help extend just one person’s life. That’s a huge privilege and so many people have reached out asking for help.”