luv2luvmyalf wrote:Some of the things people have said here make me sick, although the fact that most of them are true is the most sickening of all.
I am a 3L at a T30 school, ranked 5th in the class. I'm male, 5'9 and roughly 270 lbs. I weigh less today than I did in high school. My doctor says I am in the normal range for cholesterol, blood sugar, all the other lipids, and basically everything.
I got no-offered after summering at a big-law firm and I realized they wanted "beautiful people" who will be the high society of their city in 10 years. I'm also already 36, so I wouldn't be in that group no matter what I looked like.
My note is about to come out in the law review; it's on weight discrimination, and it's fairly personal. I realize nobody will hire me and I just don't care anymore. I've spent my whole life trying to lose weight, and I guarantee you I eat less than the average person here. Google Jeffrey Friedman, and if you know anything about genetics, look at his heritability research. Weight is about as heritable as height and is moreso than lots of things we think of as genetic conditions -- cancer, heart disease, schizophrenia.
This doesn't mean there aren't people who are fat because they sit on their ass and eat jelly donuts, I know there are, though its possible they sit on their ass and eat jelly donuts because of society's treatment of their predisposition to be fat. But to assume that a person is lazy because they are fat is no better than to assume that based on their race, nationality, gender, or any other characteristic.
This story sounds familiar. Were you the one from Emory who posted on the no-offer thread but you have a federal clerkship lined up after? I agree with you that people shouldn't be discriminated against on this basis but I think since so much of our judgment about people is quick and unconscious it will be hard to fight against.
The one thing I will say about the heritability research is why do we have so much more overweight people now than 30 or 50 years ago? Obviously our genes haven't changed.