Not conforming to stereotypes is the secular replacement for sin (or should I write SIN! I’m old enough to remember being told in an English junior school, “Every time you tell a lie or do something you know is wrong it’s a sin, and you hurt Jesus because he died on the cross for your sins.”
Being a precocious child from a secular family I wasn’t impressed but I knew some children in the school (girls especially,) were.
Over the past fifty years, in Europe certainly, that kind of religious blackmail has ceased to have any effect. Tell modern British kids Jesus died for their sins and they’re likely to retort, “So what, I didn’t ask him to.”
Religion has ceased to be a useful tool for upholding the moral code.
Something has to replace it, politically correct dogma does part of the job, accusing us of being racist, sexist or homophobic for the most trivial of reasons. But something is needed to deal with sins like gluttony, drunkenness and sexual licence.
The demonization of adipose tissue is deployed against people who are slightly overweight, in the case of some children (including my grand daughter) they are not even really fat, just big for their age. The irony is that such verbal bullying can often lead to comfort eating.
Conversely, when people cannot work because they are morbidly obese, they are given special treatment, in some cases being granted extra benefit payments to meet their need for junk food.
When this particular f - word is used as a weapon to undermine somebody it is probably because the user, (or the parents of the user in this case, a six year old child would not understand what was being done,) feels inadequate. Thus they look for a way to convince themselves of their ‘superiority’ over another group. I have noticed from 3000+ miles across the Atlantic that ‘Rednecks’ and ‘trailer park trash’ are often characterized as fat. Over here we don’t have the same association for chavs and pikeys.
The little girl pictured in the article look to be a perfectly normal, healthy six year old to me. It’s hard to reassure a child that age other than by showing your love, but telling her that people who are very thin or very fat can be ill and need help from doctors and nurses but really people come in all sizes and whether you are big or small, rich or poor, you’re as good as anyone might be a start.