i can understand your point but wouldn't it be healthier to avoid the connective negatively associated thought rather than the word? you wouldn't feel like you were giving in to prejudice if you avoided using a word? it sort of reminds me of black folk who are afraid to eat watermelon in public, or even more pertinent, fat folk who refuse to eat anything at all in public.Not using the word gross would have been wiser and kinder, in my opinion. Because people would think the negative meaning, even if just a passing thought...I would rather avoid that if it was my writing, it just reminded me that some people think I'm gross. English is my second language and both meanings crossed my mind when reading it.
I'm vegetarian and stand on my feet all day due to my work, and I'm still fat. Maybe people should just stop assuming why people are fat. It shouldn't matter for "acceptance" reasons.
so does this mean you really think it is okay to associate fat folk with grossness in it's most negative sense. are you agreeing with the people who think you are "gross"by accepting that negativity swallowing it down and restricting yourself totally from using a part of the english language?
i totally agree though that it should not matter why people are fat