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Sunday, June 9 2002

Prejudice

This term came to mind this week when I attended a gastric-bypass support meeting with Pat. This surgical procedure for weight loss is used only on individuals who are at least 100 pounds above what they normally should weigh. Those attending the meeting, except for spouses such as myself, have had the surgery or are contemplating having it. All of these obese individuals have had a weight problem all their lives. Along with the obesity, many of them also suffer from other medical problems such as diabetes, hypertension, acid reflux, and sleep aphnia. However, in listening to these people talk, one soon learns that prejudices among their family, friends, and even medical professionals, upset them more than any of the medical conditions.

Some of their stories made me laugh, some made me sad, and even more made me angry. One man told how he saw a new car in a show room of his local Ford dealer that he really like. However, he found that when he finally wedged himself behind the steering wheel, he thought the salesman was going to have to call 911 to get him out. A lady told of being turned down at job interviews even though she was more than qualified to do the work. The stories that made me angry were told by several in attendance. Those stories were about parents and siblings calling them "fat hogs" along with many other derogatory terms. One lady told of her own godfather disavowing her, simply because she was overweight.

Probably, the most saintly of us have prejudices, but when these askew ideas manifest themselves in a denial of individual rights and, worst of all, in inflammatory remarks, they become abuses. From the comments, I would guess that most of the individuals attending this support group had been overweight all their lives. Recent studies have shown that people who have a lifelong weight problem suffer from a genetic defect or some medical malady. Nevertheless, their families and the general public often see them as having a character flaw and thus deserving of the prejudices shown against them. Therefore, they not only have to suffer their medical problems but have, also, to endure emotional abuses.

In-flight funnies (series)

In light of all the recent air security that's been put in place, crew members try to lighten the mood. Here are (allegedly) real examples of how they make the in-flight "safety lecture" and their other announcements a bit more entertaining.

"In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child traveling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are traveling with more than one small child...pick your favorite."

— Sent by Trudy Myers

Thought for the day

Let love burn on with increasing fervor but bring every act to the test of quiet wisdom. Keep the fire in the furnace where it belongs. An overheated chimney will create more excitement but it is likely to burn the house down. Let the rule be: a hot furnace but a cool chimney!

A. W. Tozer
Sent by
Judy Martin

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