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23 May 2014, 6:18 am

This will sound insensitive, so please take this with a grain of salt....

I find obesity disgusting.

YES, SOME PEOPLE CAN'T HELP IT. I know there are legitimate medical and genetic issues that make a person predisposed to obesity or just make them pack on the weight. HOWEVER, these cases are rare for the total number of people classified as "obese."

While being "thin" or "fit" requires a lot of discipline to get regular exercise and sticking with a healthy diet, it doesn't take a lot to avoid becoming "morbidly obese."

In the USA, most people who would classify as severe to morbidly obese are that way because they don't know how to put down the fork and push away from the dinner table.

Ever have to sit in the same room with a morbidly obese person? Their breathing can be distressing to listen to. They may actually "stink" from BO or their effort to conceal it. They can't do their "fair share" of work because they are so out of shape they can't do things for themselves.

Again, if there is a legitimate medical condition or genetic reason for a person to be that way, that's fine....but when it's because a person is just a glutton....I can't stand it.

And I'm someone who has always struggled to keep my weight where it should be. I could easily be 250+ if I didn't care enough to take steps to remain healthy.



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23 May 2014, 7:45 am

I don't think "fat" should be politicized.

I believe overweight people should be respected, though, as human beings.



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23 May 2014, 8:47 am

Fat people deserve the same respect as everyone else, but society shouldn't pamper them too much by giving them handicap parking rights, and stuff like that. Nor should private airlines, private cafes and so on be obliged to facilitate for anyone because of their weight. Severe obesity requires years of neglecting your own personal health, and it actually takes less time to lose fat than it takes to gain it.


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23 May 2014, 8:55 am

seaturtleisland wrote:
I've heard some people say that being fat doesn't necessarily mean you're unhealthy even if it can and often does lead to health problems. I'm not sure what the stats are and if it's really true that "fat isn't necessarily unhealthy".


^This is true.

While obesity makes it much more likely for you to have a whole host of health problems, it is by no means across the board. It is the same as with smoking. If you smoke, you are much more likely to have health problems, by it is not a certainty.

You have to be careful with statistics. What is applicable to a population is not applicable to an individual. On the individual level it is percentages of likelihood, not certainty.

For example, I'll use made up stat much more drastic than reality:
If 99.9% of obese people develop at least minor cardiovascular disease, then out of a population of 100,000 people, 100 individuals will have zero cardiovascular issues.


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23 May 2014, 7:38 pm

New question: what do you think of the word fat as a political identity?


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23 May 2014, 8:21 pm

I don't think it should be politicized.



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23 May 2014, 10:38 pm

kraftiekortie wrote:
I don't think it should be politicized.

Me neither.


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25 May 2014, 12:35 pm

If it was it would be like this! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXuX56YldLE[/youtube]


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29 May 2014, 8:26 pm

I think healthy and thin is soon going to be an "extinct race" if we don't act soon.
I'm personally sick of seeing so many obese people in my country.
But I guess if you want to be fat and unhealthy, you have a right to be fat and unhealthy.