View Full Version : Plans to ban the word 'obese' to avoid offending overweight children

04-12-2010, 04:30 PM
FFS!!! :mad:

We're seeing a rash of this kind of nonsense in the UK lately. I'd like to think this is the dying twitches of our hopefully soon-to-be-gone socialist government, with all the little sub-powers-that-soon-won't-be trying to get one last PC shot in:

Officials at Liverpool City Council have suggested outlawing the word when describing children to avoid stigmatising them.

Up to half of 11 year-old boys and 40 per cent of 11 year-old girls are overweight in Liverpool, which has one of the highest childhood obesity rates in Britain, while 1 in 20 is classed as "officially obese".

The plans were inspired by suggestions made at a "Schools Parliament" made up of 9-11 year-olds.
According to the council the word obese has "too many negative connotations" and discourages overweight youngsters from adopting healthy eating and exercise.

However, heath campaigners warned that censorship of the word would would obscure a serious issue.

... and also rob them of the motivation that calling a fat kid a fat kid would give them to actually get up off their fat flabby arses and do something about it.

Little Fat Gits (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7582778/Plans-to-ban-the-word-obese-to-avoid-offending-overweight-children.html)

04-12-2010, 04:33 PM
awweee....the poor kiddies don't like being called fat, cuz it's hurts their feelings. well tough shit and grow some thicker skin.

and before anyone bitches at me, I've been overweight my entire life and hand to deal with it. kids are mean, it's not going to stop now

04-12-2010, 04:55 PM
The UK is like 1984.

ralph wiggum
04-12-2010, 05:05 PM
Does that mean we revert to calling them fat again?


04-12-2010, 05:09 PM
Does that mean we revert to calling them fat again?


Gifted with above average body mass.

04-12-2010, 05:31 PM
Let's just cut to the chase; fat won't do. Obese is offensive. How about those that aren't thin?:rolleyes:

04-12-2010, 05:36 PM
The problem with euphemism is that if it gains enough popularity, it simply develops the exact same meaning of "banned" word. Or worse.

"Gay" went from an insider term for a generic homosexual to describing an overt homosexual to describing men who were bisexual or cross-dressers or homosexual or even potentially homosexual. Eventually, school children took the obvious next step and used "gay" as a stand-in for anything stupid or boring.

Changing "obese" for whatever will just change the meaning of the new word or phrase.

Going back to the ever popular "fat" might be more useful.

04-12-2010, 07:08 PM
The term "obese" is fine by me. It's clinically accurate, its first letter is "O", which also happens to be a good representation of the shape of the individuals in question, and it rhymes with "grease", apparently a favourite food of the subjects.

All in all, the word is entirely fit for purpose.

04-12-2010, 07:35 PM
Let's just cut to the chase; fat won't do. Obese is offensive. How about those that aren't thin?:rolleyes:

Ha! The Unthin! I like it. Sort of like the Undead.

04-12-2010, 07:41 PM

04-12-2010, 07:44 PM

That concludes the shameless self-promotion portion of this thread. We now return you to the regular content.

04-12-2010, 07:47 PM
Fat people have feelings too . . . just ask shannon! :D

04-12-2010, 11:05 PM
Hey it worked for Barry with "war on terror" and "islamic extremist".
Do away with the word, and the problem goes away along with it.
It's the fabulous trend of the day in this new globalized world.

Big Guy
04-12-2010, 11:33 PM
Personally, I prefer the following terms:

1. Big Guy
2. Fat Ass
3. Lard Ass

Hey fallow Fat Asses, if it bothers you go out and get some exercise, put down the samich and do something about it. ;)