okay quick story about how we teach kids to hate fat people
so i’m an assistant english teacher at the middle school level to french children, and one of my teachers asked me to do a lesson on junk food and vending machines in schools, and having the students debate it. aight, doesn’t sound so bad. there are some sides to both points. one argues for having the freedom to choose what they eat, the other argues for having healthier options for children. cool.
so i start asking the kids what the disadvantages are to serving junk food in schools, and several kids’ first reaction was to stick out their arms (as if imitating a fat person) and make a waddling motion – which, of course, made the rest of the class bust out in laughter.
???like??? really??? your first argument for why we shouldn’t have junk food in schools is because fat people are laughable? god, that made me so sad. especially since I know that these kids had already been learning about this before in class, which means they were taught that the correct answer is “because it makes you fat and fat is bad.” and these kids are what, like, 12-13 years old? yeah, i can’t see what kind of negative ramifications teaching young impressionable teachers going through puberty that fat is inherently bad could have. (obviously sarcasm, this leads directly into huge amounts of insecurity and self-esteem issues, especially for girls.)
so, anyway, the kids eventually figure out the word “fat”, but I’m waiting for a different answer. “Is there any other reason junk food might be bad?” They said it could be expensive. And then they circled back around to making fun of fat people.
but, still, nobody just said it was unhealthy. and this isn’t a problem specific to these kids in this class, this is indicative of how we teach these things. we teach kids that unhealthy = fat. that fat is bad. that fatness should be demonized above all else. and that fat people are to be laughed at and mocked.
when i told the kids, “You can eat a lot of junk food, be unhealthy, and be skinny – being fat isn’t the real problem, being healthy is,” they all kind of nodded like that made sense, but they had never been introduced to that concept. why don’t we teach kids that skinny people can be unhealthy? that’s damaging also.
but, get this, when i asked about the advantages to not serving junk food, several kids said, “It’s healthier,” rather than imitating a skinny person or saying it makes you skinny. because we don’t teach that. we don’t want to make it seem like thin people are better or you should aspire to be thin. and yet, by demonizing fat people, we do exactly that – just in a way that let’s us feel less guilty about it because it’s masked in “I only care about your health” rhetoric.
but if we really cared about health, we wouldn’t make this a discussion around fatness. we would make this a discussion around health. and i realize that health is an ambiguous and ever-changing term for something we don’t fully understand and that affects every person differently, and that we shouldn’t police the healthiness of other people, but if we’re going to discuss how to keep our kids healthy, we need to center the discussion around health and not fatness.
ugh, it just really bothered me to see this fat hatred embedded into kids so deep. and it would be so easy to talk about this early and tell kids that hating someone based on their weight is not okay, making fun of someone for their weight is not okay – but that’s not what our school system is for. and that makes me sad.
just, i guess, remember that health doesn’t equal weight, and that kids pick up quickly on the ways we talk about this
Hello! Hoho. 3-day adventure in the School clinic. Akala ko ba walang ginagawa dun? Corny. Ang dami ko ngang ginagawa. Ako lang at ang ibang dutymates, yung isa, ewan. It’s okay lang man, but you have to do something for the group, too, Mr. I’m doing the output, and did some explaining in front of the students, I hope the others would also do the same, next time. *Ehem* Nagpaparinig? Haha. De joke. Sigi na, okay lang. Ako na maggawa basta okay lang output ng group natin. You did something man din. Ajeje. K. I should stop complaining. This won’t finish my work.
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Amongst free ranging chickens and worn down shelters lies Shree Himalaya, a small public school. It is raining as I´m walking up the muddy path to the school ground. At first only dogs and birds can been seen, but as I get closer curious faces starts peeking out from window´s and doors.
It is a different world from the privat school. The classroom´s only materials is hard wooden benches and leftovers from construction work. The walls are filled with printed symbols, smothered over with dirt.
I feel challenged teaching 40 + children, raging from 3 to 14 years of age, no english skills, packed together in a tiny room, high on adrenaline. It lightens the pressure to have with me my two beautiful co workers from Chimalaya Charity. In true Nepali tradition, the warmth and laughter from children and teacher soon wipe away the knot I feel in my stomach. They are excited that I´m here. I am exited that I´m here.
They fill up the room, squeeing in closely together. Giggling. Asha is translating. I try to keep my language simple, using the Nepali words Asha gives me. If there was any shyness its soon gone, and before the first 10 minutes have passed I have a que of eager children wanting to place the pictures of food items in its right box.
When lunch time is closing up on us, I take the children out to play. The staff and teachers is helping cutting up fruits and vegetables. Today we are serving the lunch. Often the children have no lunch with them, only eating whatever the teacher´s empathically shares from their own food.
We are handing out muesli with curd and fruits, carrots, banana and apples. For the first time today, the room goes silent. Never underestimate the power of food.
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