Well, well, well what a turn up for the books. Remember my post on Katie Hopkins, vile creature, fat and unemployed basher who had made herself overweight by almost 50lbs so that she could prove to fat people how easy it is to lose weight? Click here if you missed it.
Well here’s an update and another current story in the UK which is linked and I apologise for it not being from a quality newspaper but they are tied up with Scotland and the Middle East at the minute so this Daily Mail article will have to do. Briefly it is that of a lady who is 25 stones and unemployed, living on state benefits who has said she would like to lose weight and go to work but she knows her weight is stopping her. She has no confidence, she doesn’t look right for employers, she is discriminated against and whilst she seeks to blame no one other than herself for her predicament she has publicly stated that if the government increased her benefits so that she could afford healthy food and to go to a gym or to buy some home equipment she would lose weight and get a job as her appeal, confidence and health improves. Here’s an article for information although listening to her put her point across is far better if you can find a clip.
There has of course been outcry about this but when you think about it the lady has a point. It is not cheap to eat healthily, to cook fresh when there are processed meals available so cheaply, when takeouts are so cheap as outlets compete and as it always seems to be the choc and biscuits on offer in the big supermarkets. Surely investing a modest amount of money, even in healthy food vouchers would be a small outlay for a potentially huge long term saving as the lady loses weight, goes to work, stops claiming benefits and perhaps staves off the need for any state funded obesity related medical interventions for the rest of her life.
Anyway I don’t wish to dwell on that story, it’s background for my main point and as such was essential to summarise but step forward Katie Hopkins with her view point. Katie Hopkins who by the way is clearly losing or has lost her weight gain.
Everyone is expecting Katie to be as obnoxious and vile as usual but no, she understands the 25 stone lady’s plight. She sympathises with her and on a TV interview actually affectionately touches the lady to show support, compassion, humanity, understanding.
She actually supports the overweight benefit claimant’s request! Hater of the fat and unemployed has turned a corner. She said that she now understands there is an invisible number of people who are trapped in obesity, locked away behind closed doors, incapable of helping themselves, too ashamed to go to a gym, too poor to buy appropriate healthy foods who are being let down and ignored. Whilst she still stands by her previous view that lazy over eaters get fat and the route to slim is to eat less and exercise more, she understands that some days herself being just slightly over weight and that being purposefully self inflicted, she gets to her front door and just doesn’t want to go out, she doesn’t want to engage with the world because of how she looks and how that makes her feel and the cycle is something she now understands because she’s experiencing it.
Now is this the real Katie we’re seeing, one who realises that she underestimated this issue, that there was a lot to being obese that she didn’t understand, is this the newly enlightened and educated Katie who realises that being obnoxious isn’t essential for fame and riches or is this Katie putting a spin on her upcoming documentary, realising that she has upset a lot of people who are unwell out there, she has decided to paint herself as the fat person’s champion?
Whatever it is, Katie is now doing good in my opinion, she is showing that there is far more to being fat than eating and moving, there is a psychological element which you can only understand if you are fat. She understands that losing that fat is not as easy as she imagined, it’s not as easy for a fat person to go to a gym as it is for a thin person there is a whole bucket load of issues that need to be overcome first. She sees that healthy eating is not within the reach financially of so many who are unemployed and living on benefits. She sees that many are not living on benefits out of choice but because they are not well enough in the body or more likely the mind to find or hold down a job, they often lack in confidence and they are discriminated against by employers.
Katie herself said she would never employ a fat person and so how can a fat person on benefits get off benefits and afford to make themselves thin? She’s woken up to so many issues and I applaud her for acknowledging that and for not just continuing to be obnoxious to save face by making out that she doesn’t see another side to this whole fat/thin equation now.
You know I’m actually hoping that she uses her outspokenness on this issue and her infamy to do some good and starts to work to raise awareness of the issues and to stop this discrimination and fat bashing that has become so acceptable and which contributes to keeping fat people fat.
I really hope she does and if she does then she has my respect for that and all of her past sins will be forgiven. If it takes a fool to change the world then so be it but I think that just maybe Katie is showing that she’s not the fool everyone thought she was and she is woman enough to own up to being able to admit when she was maybe not wrong, but definitely not 100% right.