Guest blogger Jane: You know what really chaps my hide? When overweight people get handicapped parking passes!
In my town, handicapped spots are in high demand. The ten or so parking spaces closest to the mall, grocery store, and restaurant entrances are almost always taken, but not by people in wheelchairs and walkers, but by those who could benefit from walking a couple extra feet.
I understand that the definition of disability spans a broad spectrum -- and that not all handicaps are visible, but the number of grossly overweight people who have handicapped parking passes seems to be multiplying as fast as their BMIs. If being morbidly obese (or having a health problem caused by one's obesity) qualifies someone for special treatment, then why not extend that privilege to another group whose personal choices have made it difficult for them to get from point A to point B without assistance -- namely, mothers of small children?
Any woman who has tried to get any combination of screaming and squirming infants/toddlers/preschoolers from the car to a store entrance 100 yards away without a shopping cart certainly feels disabled and, in my opinion, is just as handicapped as many of those who are awarded special stickers from the DMV.
If obesity is one's ticket to a coveted parking space at the grocery store, how about passing out handicapped placards to those of us who are lugging around an equal amount of weight ... in the form of our kids?!!!