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Fat = Not Good. Deal with it.

I have an announcement to make:

I'm fat.

No, this isn't a cry for help/attention/free teddy bears. This is just something that I thought I'd say.. because I'm about to be very vocal. Call it backstory, foreshadowing, whatever.

I am sick of self-entitled fat people who, when someone uses the term fat in a negative way jump on them and say "OMG HOW DARE YOU I'M FAT AND I'M HAPPY!OMGYOUEBILWENCH!!!!!111!!!"

Get a fucking grip. You are fat, this means you are:
  • Unheathly
  • Probably eating too much
  • Probably excersising too little
  • Not as attractive to the majority of the population as you might be
  • More prone to a whole host of diseases
  • likely to die younger

You know what? That's not a good thing.

Stop calling people prejudiced when they are really calling you what you are: a fat fuck. Get off your ass and do something about it. Me? I'm cycling more, I'm eating less, I'm cutting out most sugar from my diet, and all soda, and I'm trying to limit the ammount of things like bread I eat. Not big steps I think you'll agree: but they will slowly make a difference.

Fat is bad ok? It's got a negative association for a reason. So get away from your LJ communities for 30mins-1hr a day and just DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT YOU WHINY BASTARDS!



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15th Nov, 2005 13:37 (UTC)
Sheesh. I agree mostly, but the end of your entry is rather aggressive. It's not easy for me to do something about it and I do whine about it. This is because I live on a crazy busy road where it wouldn't be safe to exercise and I live in a tiny part of a house where there really isn't any room (though I have tried and may try again).

Of course fat is negative and I wouldn't outright call someone fat. I would be offended if someone decided to call me fat. On the other hand, my husband has admitted I'm overweight and that's fine! I can deal with it. Being called fat is pretty rude though.

In any case, if someone is mentioning your weight in a non-rude manner, it probably means they care so that's fine. I would probably not yell at someone who called me fat, but I would be incredibly hurt. Even if I wasn't trying to help myself, I need to be accepted by people with whatever limitations I've got. Having mental and physical diseases doesn't help me.
15th Nov, 2005 16:08 (UTC)
Ditto sheesh.

Good on you for making a change though- it isn't easy to undo, but it can be undone. I know I am trying to change it too.
15th Nov, 2005 18:24 (UTC)
Yeah... I post when angry *shrugs*

Agressive? Yeah, the "fat fuck" line is a bit harsh.. but the rest I think stands ok.

And yeah, sometimes the hardest thing is deciding, and starting, to make the change
15th Nov, 2005 18:15 (UTC)
Oh god, no this isn't about anyone on my friends list, or posts in someones journal.

It's about those people that get all entitled about it, especially those that get really worked up in LJ comminities. If someone comments negatively about a persons weight in a post (say for example... "I saw someone from high-school today, they got really fat.. hahaha"), and they are suddenly all going "YEAH they are fat. SO?!!" and picking fights.

I've never understood the "fat is rude" thing tho. It's a description, a negative one, but only because the idea is that being heavily overweight is negative.
15th Nov, 2005 18:45 (UTC)
I didn't think you were talking about me, but it sounded like an attack on anyone overweight. I can understand what you mean about people defending it, I don't think that's right. I don't think people should feel it's good to be overweight. However, if I were to call you fat (even if you think of yourself as fat), wouldn't that not be nice? I'm not saying I think that you are. I'm saying that I can't understand how someone could NOT take offence or feel hurt by being called 'fat'. Lingo does matter.
15th Nov, 2005 19:49 (UTC)
Well it wouldn't be polite certainly... but it would be accurate.

I think there is a difference though. One is an observation, the other is a direct assersion to the person. Obviously an unprompted "You're fat" is rude, because there is no grounds for it. But that is less about the fact someone is fact and more about the tactfulness of negative descriptions in polite conversation.

However I don't think using it as a descriptive term is rude. If you wanted to be precise you could use some extra descriptive term.. but then that term will just eventually be called rude.
15th Nov, 2005 16:45 (UTC)

If someone is 'fine with being fat' -- well, that's their choice in life, I suppose - but could we please not pretend it's healthy or okay?

I quit smoking - not because I didn't LOVE smoking... I did. But because it is UNHEALTHY. I never pretended otherwise, or that I was somehow privy to a secret about why it was okay despite every evidence to the contrary. Nor did I think anyone who had a problem with or bias against smokers was bad/wrong for feeling that way.

I am the same toward weight. I have a TON of weight to lose. Put bluntly, I let myself get not just old - but old and FAT. Now it's time to suck it up and lose the weight.

So I'm on your bandwagon... but only after I run a mile behind it! :)
15th Nov, 2005 17:05 (UTC)
Was this said because of something I posted?
15th Nov, 2005 17:37 (UTC)
I just realized that I haven't said anything to you about it or even posted it(I don't think), but I just found it ironic because someone called me a fat fuck the other day, and though it upset me....I didn't feel like it was that important of an issue to address in my journal.....I am actually attempting to get the weight off. I know I need exercise, but my energy levels have been down due to other serious conditions and since those are now taken care of, I'm ready to and feel like exercising!!!!!!!! :D :D I've lost some weight already!!

I understand that I'm still unhealthy and will continue to be treated as an outsider by some people until I get the weight down, but I realize the criticisms whether they hurt or not and I'm not going to let them keep me from reaching my goal.
15th Nov, 2005 18:17 (UTC)
*nods* and no, this isn't about anyone I know, especially you!

God how rude and drama-rific would that have to be? ;)
15th Nov, 2005 18:32 (UTC)
well I guess I am a drama queen, but I'm an artist too, so that can go hand in hand.
15th Nov, 2005 19:52 (UTC)
It could be worse - you could be an actor. Trust me - that is the worst group for petty drama ;)

Anyhow, not about you, wouldn't be about you. *hugs*

15th Nov, 2005 17:07 (UTC)
That needed to be said. I too am getting fat, or am at a stage of slight chubbiness which is growing monthly. I'm eating too much, or rather eating too much of the wrong foods (I was shocked to discover that bacon is NOT in fact a major and necessary food group). I also do not get much physical activity.

Fat is wrong, you don't see fat animals - apart from the ones where their natural state requires blubber.

I'm going to do something about it, the idea of the fencing club at my uni has taken my fancy. You better do something too, you fat fucker! ;D
15th Nov, 2005 19:50 (UTC)
*laughs* Fencing is cool, though it swiftly becomes more about the rules and less about the swords. I did it for a while at Uni, until it became really dull.
17th Nov, 2005 01:09 (UTC)
Sounds like a computer science degree, which has swiftly become more about the rules and less about programming etc.
16th Nov, 2005 02:34 (UTC)
Ditto! :D Horray for honesty!
19th Nov, 2005 07:13 (UTC)
my meaningful contribution to this conversation
19th Nov, 2005 11:40 (UTC)
Re: my meaningful contribution to this conversation
19th Nov, 2005 07:20 (UTC)
i hope you're actually going to eliminate soda, and not make any exceptions for it, because soda is what makes most people gain weight. soda, juice and alcohol.
i highly endorse...water!
mmmmmmmm. i don't care what anyone says, its the best drink ever.

you should check out fatland. i've heard it's a really good study on why more and more people are becoming overweight.
19th Nov, 2005 11:41 (UTC)
Yup, so far soda drunk = nill. :)

Some juice tho. Not a lot however
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