Mom•Logic's Julie: New study finds "fatism" is more widespread than racism.
"Fat" is a bad word in my house. So when I read the new study that found weight discrimination occurs more frequently than race, age, or gender discrimination, it just reinforced my belief that kids should never use this word under any circumstances.
Although my husband is fit and trim now, he was a chubby kid growing up. So we're particularly sensitive when people call others fat. My husband knows how hurtful that word was to him as a child--how it cut like a knife every time it was aimed directly at him. So, from birth, we have taught our kids never to use the word "fat" no matter what.
A few weeks ago, my 7-year-old son told me that he knew how to spell the F-word. I was a little nervous until he said F-A-T. I smiled, feeling pretty good about myself and my parenting skills...that is, until he added, "I also know how to spell the OTHER F-word: F-*-*-K!" Oops. I guess I'm not as perfect as I thought. Oh well--at least I try.
Is fat a bad word in your house?