Large and Lovin' IT
- 08-19-2004, 11:34 AM
Large and Lovin' IT
Got this article from the paper.
There are three things you dont want to be in American these days 1 A chain smoker 2 A suspected terrorist and 3 Overweight. Sometimes it seems even smokers and terror suspects get more sympathy than overweight people who are often cruelly stigmatized by our Atkins-crazed carb counting your body is a wonderland culture.
But some people are fat and they are OK with that. Fed up with the publics obsession about her weight Kirstie Alley turned the tables on the tabloids and paparazzi by announcing she would take on the topic herself in a new TV show-- Fat Actress.
By going on the offensive against her critics Alley joins a growing group of people who know they are overweight and say they are fine with being fat. Alley whose show is in development with ShowTime said the magazines treated her weight gain like a tragedy but that she is happy with the person she is.
Tragedies in my mind would be like AIDS starvation-illiteracy-child abuse the 53-year-old actress told People magazine. Enough with the diet talk they say. They are tired of the message from society that the only ideal body shape is a thin one and they are sick of being bombarded with news about the latest diet and weight-loss surgery and obesity reports.
Leading the way toward a less diet-obsessed world are fat activists who speak out about the cultures treatment of fat people and their rejection of it. The word FAT is still very very scary for people said Wendy Shanker a 32 year old writer in New York who recently penned The Fat Girls Guide to Life a book about her struggles with weight loss and her decision to give up on dieting. I am a fat person but I am not an evil person. I won’t eat you. Shanker said she was initially worried that her book would be poorly received because she used the world FAT but she was surprised when she got a strong positive reaction.
Everybody just seems to be so fed up with weight loss. I think people are just tired of it Shanker said. Shankers self-acceptance came after dieting and struggling with her weight in her 20s. After spending almost $10,000 at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center and losing only 2 pounds Shanker decided she’d had enough. I realized I’ve got to use a different number than what is on the scale to determine my health. Maybe there is a way to pursue fitness and health that is not tied to the size of my ass.
She started looking for other ways to be healthy such as exercising and eating well without fixating on pounds. In Chicago a group of women who describe themselves as fat activists are starting a program to help teens who identify themselves as fat be happy in their bodies. They are calling it PHAT CAMP.
Kim Paulus a therapist who is helping to develop Phat Camp uses the word fat to describe herself and says its empowering. The word FAT is treated in society as something morally wrong she says and using other phrases such as husky plus size voluptuous or overweight just plays into that stereotype.
Lisa Breisch a therapist in Rockford who heads the Chicago chapter of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance says there are stages to size acceptance that can take a long time for people to achieve. NAAFA can help people to become more comfortable with who they are. She also teaches a class at the College Of DuPage called Body Image and the Larger Woman.
It does take an investment of a few years to really understand the brainwashing of society and to really live life in the body one has Breisch said.
- 08-19-2004, 11:51 AM
08-19-2004, 11:57 AM
08-19-2004, 12:09 PM
I've been following this stuff....the recent rise of the so-called "fat activist" special interest groups. These people are "fed up" with fat jokes and angry at the national obsession with dieting. And they're also upset with the medical industry's campaign onOriginally Posted by Nuteboy
obesity. They also claim that they're victims of "weight discrimination", like weight requirements for employment. Southwest Airlines here in Dallas was under fire for requiring "large" passengers to purchase a second ticket if they couldn't fit in a single seat.
Personally....I think these people need to change their eating habits, get in the gym, and shutup.
08-19-2004, 12:47 PM
People who can't fit into one seat should have to buy the other seat on the plane... In an airline, their seats are their inventory, unless they are having a buy one get one free... they are loosing a good amount of profits by letting people take up more than one seat on the plane without paying for it (if there are empty seats on the flight, this is another issue...). Fat people need to just realize that they aren't healthy and while they "shouldn't" have to conform to society... they also have to realize that society probably doesn't want to conform to them either...
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08-19-2004, 12:52 PM
ManBeast you hit it right on the nail. I agree 1000% what you said. I'm like this. I'm not against fat people and I'm not calling them names.
However, in situations such as flying on an air plane I don't want a 320 fat woman trying to squeeze into a seat and her leg squeezing against my thigh. That is not comfortable for me and I'm sure not comfortable for her.
Purchasing two seats seems the best soluation. Society should not have to conform to fat people. Good post.
08-19-2004, 03:10 PM
Who cares? They are fat and if they are happy with it great! If not then do something about it. Even if they will never be thin they can at least eat a healthy reduced calorie diet and excersise and they will loose weight.
08-19-2004, 03:33 PM
A little perspective for Canada on this one. While I'm totally against randomly picking on fat people, I can't see how the medical profession can be expected not to criticize this life style choice. I realize some have legitimate medical issues, and they're not the ones I'm speaking of. Its the double Big Mac combo supersizing, non-stop eaters that bug me.
Lets be blunt - obesity kills people. Up here we've got government funded health care - meaning these obese people are basically pissing away my hard earned tax dollars to treat their obesity related illnesses. Suddenly I am involved because they're blowing my $ which means longer wait times, less testing for me when I or my family is sick. To me its much the same as smoking - everyone knows its terrible for ones health, and society seems (at least up here) to be moving away from accepting it as normal. Harmful results are just about the same, so why leap to the defence of the 'large and in charge brigade'?
Sorry about the feelings of the overweight, but their lack of control or care is hurting us all in Canada. If it hurts their feelings to hear this truth then too bad. I wonder if dealing with obesity induced illness drives up health costs in the US by making beds more scarce to those who really need them?
08-19-2004, 03:51 PM
The problem im having with it is that some groups are trying to have obesity classified as a disease..Now this would change things radically with insurance,medicare and medicade.That would mean that tax payers would pay for someone to abuse themselves with twinkies...Not Good
08-19-2004, 04:30 PM
The American Obesity Association says that it's a chronic serious disease.Originally Posted by MaDmaN
And they want Medicare, insurance companies, and health providers to PAY for obesity related care, including surgery.
They also feel that it's discriminatory for insurance companies to charge higher rates for the obese.
08-19-2004, 04:53 PM
Well put! They are fine with being fat, because they know it's easier to accept it than it is to change it. I have no sympathy for these *******s. They are a drag on society. I feel for the ones that try to diet and exercise, bu these people are pathetic.Originally Posted by littlemark
08-19-2004, 04:58 PM
OMG why did you have to post that site up? I'm going to have a frigan stroke.Originally Posted by cr4ytonic
08-19-2004, 05:18 PM
I just don't get it, it doesn't take a month to become obese, it takes years. Half way through how do ya not realize you gotta stop stuffin' your face? I don't mean to be harsh, I was a freakin' butterball as a kid. But even then at 12yrs old I looked in the mirror and said to myself "I'm not gonna be fat anymore!" Didn't know what I was do'in but I stopped with the chips and cheese doodles used my brother's weights and did situps till it hurt to breathe and dropped over 30 pounds. Promised myself I'd never be fat again! If a kid can do this why can't adults take charge of thier lives and stop eating so damn much? People gotta realize "diets" are bull****. You gotta get off the couch and exercise. You can't be on a diet your whole life, ya gotta make eating clean a LIFESTYLE.
08-19-2004, 05:25 PM
Good point littlemark. MaDmaN insurance will increase if obesity is considered a disease. When you see a fatty with a twinkie in his hand grab it and run, lol.
08-19-2004, 05:28 PM
08-19-2004, 05:49 PM
God, guys read this. I copied this from NAAFA message boards. Read this woman's post.
Member # 4188
posted 05-12-2004 12:13 PM
For about the last year and a half, on occasion I have had these open sores appear on the back of my thighs. They generally start out as pimples, then open up. My concern is that they take so long to heal. Does anyone know what they are, what causes them, and how to get rid of them? I am 300+ lbs. and other than this am in good health. Thank you.
08-19-2004, 06:02 PM
Let me tell you something, no one is OK with being fat. Unless a thyroid problem exists (you know the reason most people say their fat but only a select few individuals actually have). People turn to food like an addiction, they find peace and comfort by eating and satisfying cravings. That doens't seem like a person who's OK to me. They can tell you whatever they want but 9 out of 10 times there are issues causing the overeating.
The other side of the coin is that some are just too damn lazy. This countries obesity rate is insane, by numbers which would knock you to the floor. So I guess in the last ten years everyones thyroid production starting going haywire at the same time, damn I hate when that happens. Kids are riding down the street not on bikes but electric scooters and such. Theirs no more physical activities and are youth are fat pigs as a result, were raising a generation of people that don't even wanna wipe their ass anymore.
08-19-2004, 08:02 PM
I know it was posted in a different thread, but check this one out
This lady may have been beyond help, but it sure looks to me like someone was helping to fatten the Christmas Goose. The worst part of the story is that someone let her get in this condition. You've got to think that if someone just refused to bring her food to the couch something could have been done earlier.
Jminis is right. We need to have complete sensitivity and compassion for those who have legitimate medical reasons - either physical or mental.
As for the other lazy slobs, they're really just doing it to themselves. Making a change is difficult and unfortunately I don't see how these people can be driven to change unless by constant pressure. I've got nothing but respect and actual admiration for those who have made major changes in this regards.
Guess I'm not the NAAFA christmas card list now...
08-20-2004, 04:30 AM
This is beautiful!! At least a dozen people who share my views on fat people! Especially BigBadBootyDaddy's. I like to compare being fat to smoking. Its gross, unhealthy, and if someone really wants to change it they can. Everybody knows how to lose weight. All they need to do is stick to the diet and exercise.
08-25-2004, 03:49 PM
I pulled this from that site NAAFA or something like that. I could not believe what I read. This is a woman asking some members for help.
Read her post below. I never heard of something like this.
"Can anyone HELP? I am trying to find health insurance for myself. I have tried Anthem BC/BS, Unicare, and United Health. I have been turned down by all 3 because I weigh 280 pounds. Unfortunately I do not have a group plan through my work so here I am stuck with no health insurance. Any help would be greatly appreciated."
08-25-2004, 04:02 PM
There's got to be more to it than her weight of 280 lbs. She/he probably has a bunch of pre-existing conditions. They probably didn't turn her down, just wanted to charge higher rates than she was willing to pay.Originally Posted by Nuteboy
08-25-2004, 04:07 PM
Hey I never heard of that BigTex. Although 280lbs is a lot of weight I guess it makes sense that it has to be more than she's saying.
LOL, why do people lie? She must have a medical problem and the insurance wants to charge her a very high rate.
08-25-2004, 04:50 PM
Well my wife is a Medical Insurance claims adjuster/examiner. And she says that she's never heard of ANY insurance company discriminating on the basis of weight. I mean the insurance company just doesn't say "you're fat", we're not going to take you.Originally Posted by Nuteboy
She says they do discriminate on the basis of pre-existing conditions, or such things as tobacco use.
08-25-2004, 05:38 PM
NICE THREAD! I don't have one bit of sympathy for anybody that is obese. Being fat is a choice you make. Plain and simple. I have a similiar story to BigBadBootyDady. When I was about 13 I was walking through my house without a shirt and my dad said "damn, you are fat." The next morning I was outside doing cardio and I haven't looked back since. AT 13
You guys are all too nice. I'm critical towards fat people and I make jokes about them too ..
BEING FAT IS A CHOICE!!!
08-26-2004, 12:16 PM
I'm actualy sick of most "special" groups. Everybody is always whinning about something. I'm sick of gay right activist crying about eminem or some **** arnold said. I'm sick of fat people crying its not my fault. Whats next? Maybe NJA (National Junkie Associaton) to protect the rights of heroin addicts.lol I have no problem with fat people, gay, lesbian, muslim, as long as it doesn't hurt other people. I do have a problem with people whinning and making a huge deal out of someone calling someone a name. I've noticed most of the people in these groups don't think logicaly. Its like their 100 percent sure every problem in their life is due to their weight, color, or beliefs.
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