I Judge People. Find out Why.

Judging others based upon appearances isn’t a good habit. It’s nearly impossible to tell if a person is kind or evil based upon their looks. We can’t know what others’ experiences and feelings are simply by looking.

However, whilst simply looking at somebody won’t give a clear view of their entire personality, it can give you a decent outlook of their values.

When I see overweight and obese individuals, I do my best to stay optimistic. I tell myself, “I don’t know what they’re going through,” and, “I don’t know their past.” For all I know, an overweight person may have just begun a healthy lifestyle. Perhaps they’ve already lost 50 pounds and are on their way to becoming healthy. I try to give individuals the benefit of the doubt.

Am I being considerate? Or just naïve?

Here’s reality: nearly one third of Americans are overweight. The majority of people who attempt to lose weight follow diets with no success.

Just 1-2% of the population follow a vegan or plant-based lifestyle. When I pass an overweight person, the most probable situation is: they don’t strive to live a healthy lifestyle. Likely they consume processed foods on a daily basis. There’s a high probability they don’t eat 5 servings of fruits or vegetables per day. They’re probably overloading their systems with salt, sugar and fat. It’s probable that they eat animal products at every meal, every day. They probably don’t eat whole grains nor have any clue what percentage of their calories come from fat, protein and carbohydrates.

Nearly one third of Americans are overweight.

I can know what they do and don’t eat. Assuming that everybody is not newly transitioning into a plant-based diet, I can also tell what one’s values are based on body size. Overweight individuals don’t value health.

It doesn’t matter if you work out every day of the week. If you still eat the Standard American Diet of sugar-, salt- and oil-laden junk foods along with dairy, eggs and meat every single day, you don’t place much value in health.

An individual who values health would never call Cheerios, Oreos or TV dinners health-promoting foods. It’s the same as being able to know whether or not a person cares about speciesism. If an individual owns both a dog and a real fur coat, they don’t care about the welfare of all animals.

I realize society is misinformed about what a healthy diet is and how to lose weight. Nonetheless, even if citizens followed their Government’s (somewhat questionable) dietary advice, the health epidemic wouldn’t be what it is today.

As the mantra goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

I’m not judging you. But I am making an educated guess of your diet based upon your appearance and actions. Your body is a representation of what your mind values.

  • Updated a couple of years ago
Sara Binde

Sara is a health and nutrition coach. She advocates for a whole foods plant-based lifestyle and teaches the world how to achieve weight loss.