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If I was fat, I'd sit on all of you!!

  • Apr. 11th, 2009 at 1:10 PM
Some people have the tendency to put on weight even though their food intake is low, while some tend to remain thin and look like stick figures. There are also a microscopically small handful who can eat what they feel like and maintain a fairly well balanced coating of fat and muscle.

I'm one of those people with a high metabolic rate. Add to that, my insomnia and you have a thin guy who looks like two arms and legs made hastily out of hangar-wire.

I can't put on weight even if I really try hard to do so. :( It's NOT cool, and it's not fun. There's a stigma around the globe when it comes to fat people, but since there are so many of them (roughly 80% of the population in the more developed nations consists of the mildly obese to the super-heavy weights), they've become an un-detachable part of the world we've come to believe, surrounds us. There are so many people out there who are overweight, that they've become a staple in our daily lives. If you were to walk down the street and find no fat people, you'd do a back-flip out of sheer terror!

Being miserably thin as I am, has a different level of acceptance. Here's what I face every day.. When I leave for work in the morning, I'm usually focused upon by passers by, way longer than is considered decent. Once I get to work, he security guard says I'm thin. The receptionist who greets me with a smile and a Good morning (that sounds so terribly forced) tells me that she wished I would take some of her fat (not sure what she means, but it's gross, I know). As I take the lift to my floor, I'm usually alone, but sometimes, there's someone in the lift with me, and they invariably have those hungry eyes shimmering with restrained tears.

Once I start working in earnest, some of the companies partners and other random folk who I gotta interact with show up. This is not a thrilling time. Some have the sense to keep their vile mouths shut. But most of them can't help squealing (it literally sounds like a squeal!!) "Gosh! You're so thin!! You should put on some weight! Don't you eat any food at all? Eat something.. Have bananas and milk..". They have no idea how damn out-casted I feel when they do that. Even people on the over-heavy side do it without caring a rats ass about how I would feel. For gods sake, I hardly even know them!

If I saw a fat guy and went around telling them in a high pitched whine "Gosh! You're so fat!! Why don't you just stop eating!", I'd probably lose my job within a few minutes at most.

That's weight discrimination. :( And I hate it. I'm not complaining so much as letting fly a random rant though. :) I have met some amazing people. Some of them BIG, some of them small. Some of them huge, and less than a handful of the thin.

Why don't people get it? Fat or thin, they're people right!! Right??

They're gonna hate me for this one. :) Hehe!




angiasaa wrote:
Apr. 15th, 2009 06:57 am (UTC)
It's worse if you're like me. :) It's not about feeling good or bad about myself. I'm fine with how I am. But I'd give an arm and a leg to have people keep their comments to themselves.

The point of my post, is that fat people are so common, that if you say something that might potentially insult them, you run for cover. Besides, most people are fat any way. So for a fat guy to say something that's potentially risky, It slides easy.

However, you don't see miserably thin people like me very much these days. With over 60% of the globe carrying diplomas in obesity, it's small wonder. Thin people like me make up between 5 and 10 percent. I don't mean the malnourished people, or the starving millions. I mean the naturally thin people who just don't put on weight.

The average person has no idea how insulting it sounds when they say stuff. Frankly, just as a fat person feels insulted when someone says "Gosh! You're so damn fat!", Thin people feel insulted. But no one knows.. No one cares.

Often, when I finally have enough and tell people to stop harping about the fact that I'm oh so thin, they just don't get the hint. They'll just go on and on and on like there was no end to how it truly amazes them that I'm thin. They never get over it.

And I wish I could be fat.. :( Just so they'd finally keep their thoughts to themselves like they do when they're around fat people.

Edited at 2009-04-15 06:59 am (UTC)
inspirethoughts wrote:
Apr. 15th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Hmm...I totally understand what you say. I have been on both sides. A few years ago I used to be so thin, and I used to live in Chicago back then, and when there are real gutsy winds I actually really move back and forth. I was told by everyone, "Gosh! Aparna, you gotta put on some weight". And now I have put on rather little more weight. And now, I hear, "Oh My God, what have u been eating? U r looking fat? Dont you work out now?....blah blah".

So you see I totally feel and understand what u say. I have been hurt and felt insulted by either comments and now I dont really care. LOL!

And yes, thin people are little less in % compared to fat people and are more vulnerable to such questions.

And I wish I could be fat.. :(

Be careful what you wish for. Cause once the wish comes true there wont be an end to becoming fat. I am telling you from experience. :(
angiasaa wrote:
Apr. 15th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
:) I've been thin all my life. except when I was still a baby. I'm 28 years old now, and I'm still thin! Even if I live to be a hundred, it's more than a quarter of my life.

Thin or fat though, I'll survive. :) I don't get hurt when people make their remarks and comments, but it does get irritating and feels mighty intrusive.
inspirethoughts wrote:
Apr. 16th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
Yep..you will survive...does not matter thin or fat, the way how you can carry yourself is all matters.

And the people will always keep talking, else we will end up losing the goat like the brahmin did in this story.

You know, all these conversations and few from others is prompting me to write my own post about being thin or being fat. Its gonna come soon. Thanks for the inspiration! :)
angiasaa wrote:
Apr. 17th, 2009 07:42 am (UTC)
Yes, I probably will survive, and you're right.. Thin or fat should not be the concern. :)

People will keep talking. But that's not the point of my post. My real issue was with the fact that people seem to keep mum around fat people and let loose on the thin ones without realizing that it's just as rude both ways.

:) If it irks you, post on! :) That's my motto any way. :)
inspirethoughts wrote:
Apr. 17th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
I totally understand your point of view and believe me my post will not be opposite of yours (meaning how fat people feel insulted). It is a parallel one to this.

And no this did not irk me at all...it just put my thoughts in a different perspective. :)
angiasaa wrote:
Apr. 20th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I'll be looking forward to that. :)

We're similar in some ways.. One of those ways is that we often agree on stuff. lol!
inspirethoughts wrote:
Apr. 20th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
Aah! Well, it is done now. Go ahead and read my point of view, more like my experiences. :)

Yes, we are similar in many ways. Agreement is good. :)