Increasing your social currency in a world obsessed with weight loss 10



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Have you ever wondered why some people seem to have doors opened for them whilst others face closed doors socially or professionally? In a world that seems to be open and accepting there is a shameful habit that you may have faced more than once. You may not have even put much stock in it. What happens to you in the workplace and socially is often affected by your ‘social currency’.

So what is social currency? Social currency is the value placed upon you by the community at large. This is often based on gender, education and, unfortunately, your SIZE. Social currency is used to decide if you are employable, datable, well educated, confident and your social status. The current social climate seems to revere larger people but in reality, it is on limited terms. Drilling down in each area, it can be revealed that size is a great influencer on social currency and without a factual basis. If you are overweight, many will assume that you are lazy, slovenly, idle, selfish, depressed, self-isolating, amongst other negative assumptions.

Employment is a highly competitive area in modern life, With high unemployment rates and much less expendable income in the economy (further limiting employment options), it is crucial that the ‘first impression’ at an interview is the right one. Many prospective employers will assume that you are less worthy of a job if you are larger in girth. Employment can be held back completely or partially.

Promotions and other benefits can be with-held with little basis other than that ‘you are not suitable’. Suitability is not always based on qualifications or aptitude, it can be secretly judged by your size.

Partner suitability can also be decided upon with your size as a factor. You may be compatible with a profile on the internet dating sites, everything may seem to line up as if you were a match made in heaven. You pluck the courage to meet and wonder why you’re waiting for your prospective partner. Where are they? Maybe they’re running late? Unfortunately, it has been revealed in recent surveys that prospective partners catch a glimpse of their ‘date’ and turn back after seeing their size. It appears that size can command dating success (as shallow and fool-hardy as that is).

Assumptions are often made in relation to your education in relation to your size.

Many assume that you are less intelligent than slimmer individuals. This fallacy also carries through to your personal habits. Larger people are considered lazy and less reliable. In fact, this has been disproved over centuries of human history. Larger or comfortably sized people were affluent, well-educated leaders. Larger women were considered more desirable and this is most graphically depicted from the Rubinesque period of art.

The most alarming of recent trends is that social status is often based on size. Many are judged by their appearance when told that they are accepted or not on the basis of their personality. The more plump in our society are often categorised as jesters in popular media instead of intellects or leaders. In current film and television media, larger folk are represented by leading comedians or vocalists. Rarely, is the lead dramatical character a larger person. This disturbing trend is sure to wain. For now, it is a refection of society’s beliefs.

It is time to create a new social currency, one where social currency is based on values, on charity and on actions. Over time, society will again evolve, however, this requires leaders and visionaries. Stand up and take charge of your own life, inspire others to see you for who you are, not your size.

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Magic Barclay

Magic has opened her practice to accommodate people from all walks of life who are intent on losing excess kilograms and regaining their lives. She uses a combination of knowledge, empathy and a hands on approach to help her clients not only lose the weight and to integrate weight loss techniques with family life, but also to address root causes as to why they put the weight on.

  1. I know many women and men in high positions in work places who would be seen as overweight and not just because of birth but because of their own ability and attributes, like wise some of the best relationships that have lasted one partner or both would be considered overweight, so I just don’t buy this hype.

  2. I think it’s true to a degree. You just have to read some of the comments posted when anybody discusses weight loss. ‘Just get out and exercise’ ‘stop being so lazy’ etc. Those who are blessed with the sort of metabolism that just burns calories often don’t grasp that some overweight people probably regularly eat less and exercise more than they do. I’ve been involved in a few recruitment and public service promotion exercises, merit is the big catch cry but appearance, age, ethnicity all creep in.

  3. I think it is true Gina was left her wealth Clive was not always what you see now. People judge by the cover not the content.

  4. Pathetic isn’t it, bit like when an overweight person walks onto a stage and they have a truly beautiful voice. Everyone in the audience looks shocked cos they don’t look like a cat walk model.

  5. Now i know why I didnt get the promotions – and i thought it was just because the boss was a bitch!! 😂😀😊

  6. reaching the top rung by having people to do the hard work for you does not require intelligence one just needs to be a good manipulator.

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