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Friday, January 16, 2009

Why Fat People are Unattractive

I saw this video on YouTube.  The subject is about kids teasing another kid with, shall we say, a bit of a weight problem.  It leads me to wonder why the fat people are teased and ridiculed and what exactly others can do about it.

First of all, I'm all for people "sharpening" each other as "iron sharpens iron," but ridicule is not the way.  People should not confuse that with admonition of fat people.  The bottom line is people are fat because they can't keep food out of their gaping maws or aren't putting the right kind of food in their gaping maws.  Either way, the result is the same.

It is wrong for a person to be fat in my opinion.  It shows a severe lack of self control on their part.  I take extreme issue when fat people demand bigger seats at movie theaters or that they be charged a single seat on an airplane even though they require two.  I take issue with it because it is something they are responsible for and could fix,but would rather force others to accommodate them.

Instead of whining about how they aren't accepted for being fat, perhaps they should look to improve their own lives and bodies and view their social plight as evidence that perhaps they aren't living correctly.  On the other side of the coin, instead of feeling guilty and trying to accommodate the whiners, the rest of us should be more inclined to admonish, or at least ignore, those who think they are entitled because they have already entitled themselves to too much.  I say this because there is no excuse for someone to be fat. Period.  Sure there's the "fat" gene excuse, but I certainly don't buy it.  There are tons of resources to get in shape: online, or in magazines and books, home gyms, gym memberships, etc. 

From what I can tell on TV, people are looking for the "I want to do whatever I want and not suffer the consequences" solution which I'm sorry to say does not exist in this world for anything including weight loss.  Maybe that's the bigger problem with society in general?

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7 Comments:

  • I realize that this has been up for a year and no-one has commented but I will go ahead anyway. I totally agree with what you are saying IN THEORY but in real life things are different. It is silly to think that every person who is overweight has the inner resolve to lose weight. Some people just don't have it, weather its to stop smoking, drinking or eating. Also their are actual medical conditions that directly or indirectly cause weight gain and these people must be accepted and catered for. We need to accept all people and let them make their own choices. Excuse any bad grammar/spelling, my English can be bad at times.

    By Blogger Richard, at Friday, March 12, 2010 9:33:00 AM  

  • I understand what you mean about fat people wanting others to accommodate them all the time, it is extremely annoying. I also agree with you on the fact that obesity, or being fat, has a lot to do with lack of self control. I'm grossly overweight, and I blame my lack of self control for it. But being a teenager, I have also been told by my doctor that in all probability, I'll be fat for a while yet Because of serious hormone issues. My fault? Certainly, the body’s mine right? Listen, I’m not telling you that people like me are blameless. We are very much responsible for the way we are (I actually ate myself into obesity when I was 13 because of depression issues. It was about a year, but well, it never comes off) and I know that the majority of people who are not fat should not be expected to accommodate us because we are fat. But at the same time, we’re human. A lot of people I know, even the anorexically thin ones, have self image issues. If you can have on when you fit society’s image of perfection, imagine having one when you clearly don’t. Its larger in magnitude. So, get annoyed when people like me ask for bigger theater seats, or insist on paying for one seat even if we need two, but also remember that a blog post in the tone that you’ve used might cause a load of self image issues that aggravate the problem rather than help it. Sure, w all need brutal reality checks all the time, but it wouldn’t help if it, for example: for a person like me who eats for depression, it simply aggravated the problem and brought about a mindset that went “Well, I can’t change because no one cares and why should I care when they obviously don’t…yada yada yada.” You’re completely entitled to your grievances. Just think about the others for a change. You’ve never been fat have you? Try feeling it for a while and see how it feels to live your life that way, for however long the duration is.

    By Blogger Krithika, at Sunday, July 18, 2010 11:18:00 AM  

  • This comment is addressed to the original poster. Let me guess who you are and judge you. You are atheletic? Everyone loves your personality? You may have parents with marital issues or maybe living in a single parent/guardian home? You feel because you are in perfect form that everyone else should be? It's your way or the highway? Oh yeah... YOU'VE NEVER HAD A WEIGHT PROBLEM! Let me give you some information. When I was in kindergarten I was teased and judged by all of the "in shape" children. Not because of my personality or that I was abnormally minded. NO! I was teased and judge because I was 10 lbs over weight! No one would accept me because of this and it made me depressed. I was young and my father was a big man and my mother was "in shape" I didn't know at the time why I was picked on. I just knew that people didn't like me and called me cruel names. I couldn't play team sports because no kid wanted me on the team because I was 10 lbs over weight. I was the kid that was the laughing stock because of a slight weight problem. All I had to comfort me was food. I tried dieting and I literally ended up in the hospital due to improper nutrition. I worked out, ran 12 miles per week, ate less than 500 calories a day. Still no results. I am now 350 pounds. I eat an all natural diet. I work out 3 times a week. I would do more but I'm so stressed due to college and work and the only amount of time I have is 3 times out of the week. I don't drink soda/tea/etc. I only drink water. I don't even get to enjoy the foods that people with naturally healthy metabolisms have. NOT ALL OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE ARE THE SAME! I work for what I have. I actually feel I work harder than the common man because people judge me for my weight. Say I can't do what a "normal" person does. I have news for you... I DO MORE! So before you post your all knowing opinion for the world to see just remember one thing... If you haven't lived it SHUT THE HELL UP!

    By Blogger Madhaddar89, at Sunday, January 16, 2011 6:14:00 PM  

  • "The bottom line is people are fat because they can't keep food out of their gaping maws or aren't putting the right kind of food in their gaping maws. Either way, the result is the same." After I read this completely generalized statement it really did hit me that you can't be so hard on fat people. I've had prejudice against fat people, thinking that it is their problem and that if they worked out and ate better they could get in better shape. I've always felt like humans are truly animals and if we were out in the wild fat people would be the first to go, but also, I thought of them as a kind of deficiency in society. I mean think about it, it's just a bad evolutionary flaw in us. My mom has a thyroid problem, and has been skinny, and fairly big before, but she's a pretty average sized woman now (even after having a baby), she's been working out regularly and eating pretty healthy (she actually usually only eats a little for lunch and a nice home cooked meal at dinner), but then I thought of myself. I eat like I should be a big fatass. If my metabolism wasn't so damn high I would be huge. I used to be chunky when I was little before I hit puberty, and it wasn't easy. I may have gotten made fun of every now and then about it, but I don't think it was too bad (luckily), but I do remember the feeling of just knowing I was fat. It wasn't great and you did feel different. I was just a kid growing into my body. So every fat child and adult can't be looked down upon. I'm sure you were just making a pretty big generalization about this and knew it when you were writing it, but have some compassion. No life is the same and you could never understand someone else's life in its entirety.

    By Blogger James, at Tuesday, August 16, 2011 11:10:00 PM  

  • And I'm sorry to say this, but fat jokes can be just so damn funny, and I think that only furthers peoples prejudice against it, it obviously shows how ignorant we are when we laugh.

    By Blogger James, at Tuesday, August 16, 2011 11:12:00 PM  

  • People in America have been lied to for decades that fat is bad and grains (carbs) are good.

    The reason people are fat is because they've been told a glass of OJ, toast and cereal for breakfast is healthy.

    Half of it is self-control, you're right, the other half though is a fucked up food pyramid based on false science.

    Recent science has shown and proven that Low-Carb High Fat is the way to go. So hopefully people will drop the cereal and reach for the bacon and eggs in the morning, with a glass of water.

    By Blogger Kristian Lazarov, at Tuesday, May 29, 2012 12:57:00 PM  

  • I am appalled after reading this post. As an educated female (premed) of normal weight i cannot believe the things that the author of this post has to say. The issue of obesity is way more complex than this simpleminded, ignorant, verbally abusive fool claims it to be. Obesity DOES have a genetic component that makes certain people predisposed to gaining weight (although the author of this post undoubtedly lacks the intelligence required to comprehend such scientific experiments). No one is perfect, and everyone has a vice in their life, it may just not be as visible as added weight may be. For example, the author of this post is tragically suffering from a severe lack of intelligence, intolerance for others, unmanageable ignorance, and a VERY small penis (which he overcompensates for by ridiculing and judging others).

    By Blogger ScienceGeek, at Tuesday, June 25, 2013 10:40:00 PM  

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