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Everyone at my office makes fun of fat people

On a daily basis my co-workers make disparaging remarks about "fatties". Whether they're talking about an acquaintance, or celebrity, or someone they just passed on the street, it seems like any overweight person is fair game. I'm still obese, but I've lost a bunch of weight and carry my weight pretty well. I don't think any of it is directed towards me, but it definitely makes me uncomfortable. I'd say 90% of my office participates in this kind of behavior, including the bosses. What would you do (if anything)?

Fri. Jan 11, 11:43am

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Where the heck do you work? I would think there would be some sort of chain of command you could go through,. However, that may backfire and end up focusing in on you being overweight and taking offense. If I were you I'd turn it into my motivation. Not that it is right, but just lay low and keep telling yourself you can rise above it and it'll make you stronger.

Friday, January 11, 2008, 11:47 AM

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if you can join 'em, beat 'em. (just kidding)

the fact is your work life will be miserable if you speak up. it's like high school all over again. speak up and you'll be teased for it.

my in laws are the same way. the first thing they say about people is about their size. drives me nuts!

Friday, January 11, 2008, 11:51 AM

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That sucks. Do you consider any of these people your friends too? If so, you might want to approach one of the people you are friends with and tell them that when they talk about overweight people that way, they are talking about you too and it hurts your feelings.

Friday, January 11, 2008, 11:52 AM

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I agree with the last poster. But you could do it in a more light hearted way. Next time one of them you consider a friend says something like that you shoot back something like, wow I can't imagine what you say about me if you think she/he is a fatty. I bet it will jar them enough to realize that what they do is rude. It will also make them think about the position they put you in. They might not even think of you like that because you are there co-worker and they don't see you that way. I have friends who make remarks every now and then and I'll say wow, you think she is fat I must be huge. And they always stop and say you look nothing like that. Its funny when your friends they don't really see the bigger picture. But if you say something they might get it that your a bit sensitive to their behavior.

Friday, January 11, 2008, 11:58 AM

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I am in HR. and that is what we are here for. Go have a convo with your HR rep.

Friday, January 11, 2008, 12:00 PM

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