Is Fat the New F-Word?

Speaking the unspeakable about our bodies.

I recently received a concerned call from a colleague: “Some people were offended by your most recent email,” she delicately told me, referring to an email that I had posted to a listserv that I participate in. Yikes, I thought to myself, urgently checking through my sent mail to find the offending note. I usually take time to proofread my emails, especially when I know that it will be read by hundreds of other professionals. I finally located the email and read through it. At first glance, the email seemed mundane; but then I saw it, the offensive statement that she was referring to. I had used the F-word: FAT.

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