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Itís Hard Enough to Be a Fat Kid Without the Government Telling You Youíre an Epidemic
Jezebel ^ | 9-24-2012 | Lindy West

Posted on 09/24/2012 2:37:17 PM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

Growing up, I was always fat. Not as fat as I am now, but never, ever skinny. Never small. I was tall and athletic and big—I knocked stuff over, I blocked people's views, I was always in the way. Even if they made fashionable clothes in my size (which they didn't—OOH, MORE LOUD-PATTERNED SMOCKS, PLEASE), I didn't know how to make anything look good on my body. I was the girl the mean kids would target with the old, "See that guy over there? He likes you" gag. Good one, bros! In case you don't get it, the punchline is that I'm fat. So obviously he didn't like me—it would be against all the laws of the universe. At the same time, though, I played three sports, I was active and healthy, I was good at school, I was funny, and I was popular. I was a happy kid. And I was still miserable. Because that's what fat does.

I cannot even imagine being that same fat kid in 2012—having to put up with all the misery and the shame and the tunics (SO MANY TUNICS), along with the added pain of knowing that the government officially considers you an epidemic. You're a "problem" that needs to be "fixed." Newscasters with knitted brows talk about you in the abstract like your butt is a crime wave or a natural disaster; they show bodies that look like yours with their heads chopped off; they tell you that this body you have—the one that grew around you out of nowhere, that you're just getting used to—is bankrupting the nation and mowing down future generations like tuberculosis. Tu-pork-ulosis. Whatever.

http://jezebel.com/5945955/its-hard-enough-to-be-a-fat-kid-without-the-government-telling-you-youre-an-epidemic?utm_source=lifehacker.com&utm_medium=recirculation&utm_campaign=recirculation

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1 posted on 09/24/2012 2:37:27 PM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

The government is a jackass.


2 posted on 09/24/2012 2:45:51 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

You sound like you could be my daughter.

She has always been a full sized girl.
But there is someone for everyone. she has a good job a loving husband a nice son, and we all love her.


3 posted on 09/24/2012 2:48:17 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: stephenjohnbanker
It's even worse when you know that this is the butt telling you to slim down.


4 posted on 09/24/2012 2:49:17 PM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (You had me at 'Meat Tornado'.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

“they tell you that this body you have—the one that grew around you out of nowhere”

Sorry, but bodies don’t grow out of thin air. That body grew out of the food you put in your mouth.


5 posted on 09/24/2012 2:57:00 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

Aw, stuff it.

I can’t stand conservative food nazis.


6 posted on 09/24/2012 2:59:16 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

7 posted on 09/24/2012 2:59:42 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Venturer

Glad to hear it!

I’m only about 10-12 pounds overweight, but I fight like the dickens to keep the weight off.


8 posted on 09/24/2012 3:18:08 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

” It’s even worse when you know that this is the butt telling you to slim down. “

Ah yes, “The Beard” LOL!


9 posted on 09/24/2012 3:20:03 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Boogieman

Sorry, but bodies don’t grow out of thin air. That body grew out of the food you put in your mouth.


Michelle???? Is that you????


10 posted on 09/24/2012 3:38:55 PM PDT by marstegreg
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To: miss marmelstein; Boogieman
Aw, stuff it. I can’t stand conservative food nazis.

And I am tired of paying through higher insurance premiums etcpeople stuffing their mouths...Anyone can lose weight if they really want to. This woman was chubby her entire life and one day she had enough..


11 posted on 09/24/2012 3:52:27 PM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: trailhkr1

Aw, stuff it. Your friend probably started smoking to lose weight. Geez. I can’t stand conservative food nazis.


12 posted on 09/24/2012 4:02:46 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: trailhkr1
And I am tired of paying through higher insurance premiums etcpeople stuffing their mouths...Anyone can lose weight if they really want to. This woman was chubby her entire life and one day she had enough..

Inspiring story - good for her.

But you woouldn't be paying any higher premiums for health insurance if the government got out of the restriction business and insurers could sell across state lines, or make whatever combination of healthcare products fit a specific market, or compete based on consumer demands instead of collectivist political theories that killed 200 million in the last century.

Of course, life would also be easier for you if you understood how destructive high fructose corn syrup is t people trying to eat healthily, or the creation of wholesale weight gain and illness by using fast yeast in virtually all commercial bakeries, or allowing pharmaceutical companies to write the laws concerning what people may learn about what the government is forcing them to be vaccinated with, or restricted to buy in grocery stores.

But hey, I understand, bumper-sticker mentality is easy, and after all, you know that pumped up feeling you get after working out at the gym?

It means you're superior.

13 posted on 09/24/2012 4:07:52 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: miss marmelstein
Aw, stuff it. Your friend probably started smoking to lose weight. Geez. I can’t stand conservative food nazis.

Uuum no. Some people get up the discipline and make a lifestyle change=eating healthy and going to the gym.

I can care less what you eat and what you stuff in your mouth..I just don't want to pay for your bad eating habits.

14 posted on 09/24/2012 4:08:58 PM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: Talisker; raybbr
But you woouldn't be paying any higher premiums for health insurance if the government got out of the restriction business and insurers could sell across state lines, or make whatever combination of healthcare products fit a specific market, or compete based on consumer demands instead of collectivist political theories that killed 200 million in the last century.

uuum no again. My gf works in a hospital. They just had to put in a high bed MRI at big$$$ for 400-600 lbs patients and also over the last few years upgraded all the hospital beds for 400+ lb patients. Just as we all pay for the physical therapy cost today of obese patients which is rampant..stores having to have fleets of motorized scooters. I could go on and on We all pay for that...

15 posted on 09/24/2012 4:15:51 PM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: Boogieman

“Sorry, but bodies don’t grow out of thin air. That body grew out of the food you put in your mouth.”

Your right is so much as what you eat does matter... However, you need to realize that much of the mass that comprises your body indeed does come from thin air... Or air anyway. When fuel is oxidized in your cells, the oxygen part does indeed come from thin air.

Also, off topic a bit, but something most people don’t realize... When a tree grows, much of the mass of the tree is carbon. Where do you think the carbon comes from. (hint - it’s not out of the soil) The carbon comes from the air... so does much of the nitrogen. Most of the mass of the tree is from the atmosphere.


16 posted on 09/24/2012 4:19:19 PM PDT by babygene
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To: trailhkr1
uuum no again. My gf works in a hospital. They just had to put in a high bed MRI at big$$$ for 400-600 lbs patients and also over the last few years upgraded all the hospital beds for 400+ lb patients. Just as we all pay for the physical therapy cost today of obese patients which is rampant..stores having to have fleets of motorized scooters. I could go on and on We all pay for that...

uuum no, you addressed NONE of the mechanics of WHY "we all pay for that," let alone WHY "that" is happening.

But hey, your girlfriend SAW something. Well hell, ain't THAT special!

You're as simple as you sound - you don't mind millions paying with their lives for the bad thinking habits you've stuffed into what passes for your brain about economics, politics, law, and freedom.

Crawl back to DU where you belong, you liberal moron.

17 posted on 09/24/2012 4:26:25 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: trailhkr1

And what’s your bad habit? Do you run for 18 miles every morning so that I have to pay for your bad knees and hips? Or your heart attack after the 17th mile?

Where the hell do you live that your local hospital is loaded up with 600 pound patients???

...and I’m sure your poor girlfriend is thrilled that you put up those “before” photos. She looks very pretty (seriously) and you shouldn’t have posted those.


18 posted on 09/24/2012 4:34:54 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: trailhkr1

“Just as we all pay for the physical therapy cost today of obese patients which is rampant..stores having to have fleets of motorized scooters.”

I think you’ve got the cart before the horse here. The store provided these carts to get the business of the people who need them. The investment is a business decision on their part. The same goes with the extra large MRI machines at the hospital.


19 posted on 09/24/2012 4:35:01 PM PDT by babygene
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To: miss marmelstein
And what’s your bad habit? Do you run for 18 miles every morning so that I have to pay for your bad knees and hips? Or your heart attack after the 17th mile?

I know enough not to overload my body and blow out my knees and overdo excercise...as for the 600 lb MRI most hospitals are going that route (having to upgrade equipment for obese pateints.

Btw she is not my gf(the woman in the picture)don't even know her but she post on a fitness site I visit.

20 posted on 09/24/2012 4:55:17 PM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: Talisker; Mase
You're as simple as you sound - you don't mind millions paying with their lives for the bad thinking habits you've stuffed into what passes for your brain about economics, politics, law, and freedom.

I'm smart enough to know obesity is causing tens of billions of unneeded medical expenses (record amount of diabetes, HBP, sleep apnea, premature joint problems, asthma/breathng problems, ..and oh HFCS? Yeah it causes problems if consumed in large quantities just as anything else but the key is moderation....which most Americans ignore today.

Crawl back to DU where you belong, you liberal moron.

I said twice I don't want the gov't telling us what to eat and I said I don't give a hoot what you stuff in your mouth and what quantities..just don't make me pay for your gluttoness behavior-how about my freedom from that?.I am the one calling for personal responsibility and you call me a liberal?? You want ME to pay for your bad behavior. I want the freedom What a maroon.

BTW you are clueless what is driving up health cost...

21 posted on 09/24/2012 5:03:22 PM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: Talisker
But you woouldn't be paying any higher premiums for health insurance if the government got out of the restriction business and insurers could sell across state lines, or make whatever combination of healthcare products fit a specific market, or compete based on consumer demands instead of collectivist political theories that killed 200 million in the last century

My brother works for Anthem BC/BS-sales director for 3 states. Those idea you mentioned will help some but the driving force of what is raising premiums is over utilization.i.e.e too many unneeded claims. Period.

..as for fast yeast etc yeah maybe to a degree but people are just stuffing themselves...face it..people just eat way too much.

A guy I work out with has been a Physical Therapist for 25 years. When he started 95% of PT was accident injuries or from people recovering from surgeries. Now 50% or greater is from the effects of obesity--people in their late 40's early 50's getting hip and knee transplants, back problems etc.

Again you want to eat yourself silly. Fine. Just don't expect me to pay for your medical bills resulting from it.

22 posted on 09/24/2012 5:18:55 PM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: trailhkr1

Face it: you’re a puritanical, nanny-state health freak. You need to go over to DU.


23 posted on 09/24/2012 5:32:30 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: miss marmelstein

I’m a “food nazi” if I don’t pretend that people magically get fat for no reason? Get a grip.


24 posted on 09/24/2012 5:35:53 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: trailhkr1
Americans, FReepers included, are content to allow medicine to solve (or temporarily mend) these health problems. They're not willing to accept that prevention is far easier and MUCH less costly for everyone.

I can't totally blame them. Look at crap like this--so many "experts" who don't know what they're talking about spouting off about how kids are going to get hurt by exercising with any level of intensity. I guess video games and the couch are preferred?

My wife tells me that the egg is once again being denounced as something that will kill us, while genetically-modified corn is actually very, very unhealthy, yet we're shoveling it into our mouths since, you guessed it, the experts say it's OK!

We're a very sick nation in many, many ways, and this particular one is going to get a lot worse IMO.

25 posted on 09/24/2012 5:38:47 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: trailhkr1

As you have by now noticed, overweight people do not want to hear that they bear any responsibility for their problem.


26 posted on 09/24/2012 5:50:56 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: Talisker; trailhkr1
I agree with you that government should get it's grubby mitts out of dictating how the insurance industry can go to market. That would save individuals a lot of money and better apply the risk where it belongs.

Even if this fantasy island dream came true, our country would still have a vested interest in having a healthy population that lives a long and productive life without becoming a burden to their family or the state. Forcing people to be responsible for their bad choices would be a good start. I also think the state has a vested interest in people being educated on basic human nutrition. If we're going to have public education, I think people should be taught some simple basics about science. I also think they should be taught basic economics because that alone would end liberalism as we know it.

A case in point about having a population that understands basic nutrition comes from your comment:

High fructose corn syrup is unhealthy? Huh? Any food can be "unhealthy" if you consume too much of it. People die from drinking too much water after all. HFCS has the same chemical make up as hydrolyzed sucrose (sugar). How one can be "destructive" to your health, in moderation, while the other is not, remains a mystery.

or the creation of wholesale weight gain and illness by using fast yeast in virtually all commercial bakeries

You're beginning to sound like a lot of overweight people who choose to blame something other than the true cause of their weight gain, so they don't have to accept any personal responsibility. Not good. Blaming fast yeast for weight gain and illness is new craziness for me, and I've been a food scientist for almost 30 years.

or allowing pharmaceutical companies to write the laws concerning what people may learn about what the government is forcing them to be vaccinated with, or restricted to buy in grocery stores.

That's quality tin foil you got goin' right thar. It also shows that you probably shouldn't be lecturing others on the forum about what constitutes a healthy lifestyle.

27 posted on 09/24/2012 7:58:27 PM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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