nrichie_kayak4-thumb.jpgRecently I had a stomach virus that made me, what seemed, deathly ill for about a month. I lost about 10 pounds as a result and couldn’t believe the reaction I got from some of my female friends. One friend actually said she wished she could get a stomach virus so she could lose some weight. I couldn’t believe she would say such a thing given I conveyed to her how sick I was and how I was unable to really enjoy my life for those horrible weeks.

We have truly lost our minds when it comes to weight in this country. We pine over sickly skinny actresses and obsess about everything we put in our mouths, and on the flip side we’re getting fatter and fatter as a nation. How do we turn this freaky obsession off? How do we enjoy ourselves and our bodies again? Can we see and feel people for who they are, not what they look like?
It’s getting nasty out there. In my column for MSNBC.com today I discuss the growing amount of discrimination in the workplace for fat employees. Have you guys experienced this? Do you know of people who have? Do you think less of your obese co workers?

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