Jax wrote:So there is some truth to comments about seeing someone too thin.
If someone is TOO thin, sure. Why is it that it's acceptable (in the US) to say "Oh, dear, you look unhealthily thin" but not to say "Oh, dear, you look unhealthily fat"?
Jax wrote:In most cases a thin person is healthy, but sometimes they're not.
I agree completely. Which is a bigger (teehee) problem in the Western world?
Jax wrote:So Word, you might want to consider this next time you hear someone comment on how someone is too thin. They might be right.
In this case, they weren't. I don't know if it was jealousy, denial, or delusion, but the comments were ridiculous in this particular instance. If the reverse had been true--say, someone had put up a picture of, oh, I dunno, let's say Lady Gaga, and I had said "Oh, how fat she is! She must have a binge eating disorder"--I cannot even imagine what sort of fury I would have faced. This is a very disturbing double-standard in my book. If someone were just a little too fat, I think it's fairly safe to say they'd be justifiably offended if someone accused them of having an eating disorder. For some reason, the same logic doesn't seem to apply to people who are just a little too thin.
AVNicholls wrote:Wow... So you have some good points in there but you have some really ridiculous assumptions in there.
Where? Where did I assume anything, and why were they ridiculous? Every consequence of being overweight that I mentioned came from recent studies I've read. If you want, I will cite them all.
AVNicholls wrote:The main one being skinny = healthy.
Hey, I never said that!
AVNicholls wrote:I am technically overweight but many of my skinny coworkers admit I am much healthier than they are. I exercise regularly, including participating in a cycle-thon. I try to eat well, I'm not perfect 100% of the time but I try really hard. I don't eat large portions.
Some of my skinny friends, many of them coworkers here, do not exercise regularly, if at all, eat conbini bentos all the time and do not cook for themselves. They admire my fitness and yet I admire their size.
I know I could work harder but the only time I was ever able to lose a lot of weight was when I worked out for over 2 hours a day, and ate tiny (I really do mean small) portions of healthy food. I had to stop this when I started working but the doctors, even here, have still told me that I am healthy despite my weight.
That's cool; heck, I agree completely.
AVNicholls wrote:I know this is not always the case but I would like to remind people that it is possible to be healthy and overweight...
Eh, I dunno.... At best, it is an nice-sounding self-esteem booster (and demotivator); at worst, it is a dangerous generalization that may well contribute to the justification of an unhealthy lifestyle by an overweight person. "I'm too fat, but I'm still healthy." A fellow say that right up until the moment he's being dragged into the hospital for a triple bypass.
I suppose it depends on how one is using the word "healthy." If an overweight person is living a healthy lifestyle, then, sure, I could see how someone might refer to them as "healthy." Odds are high, however, that they didn't always live such a healthy lifestyle, otherwise they wouldn't be overweight. If you ignore a person's previous lifestyle, you could call anyone healthy as long as they were being healthy at that moment. "Oh, you're eating a salad today? You haven't smoked all week? You stopped binge drinking last month? You're so HEALTHY! I mean, sure, you've been a double-quarter-pounder-muching, chain-smoking, binge-drinking slug your whole life, but you've really turned things around!"
C'mon, guys. Let's keep it real. I admire anyone who's working on improving their health, in any manner whatsoever. I don't like denial, delusions, deliberate double-talk, double standards, or just outright jealousy.
AVNicholls wrote:...it is also possible to be unhealthy and skinny.
Of course! Just less likely, as Jax said.
AVNicholls wrote:These may be exceptions but just be careful making such sweeping generalizations about people. It's easy to judge when you don't live their life.
I still don't think I made any sweeping generalizations. We all judge one another, though; we can't really help it. It's the human condition.
AVNicholls wrote:I think if you toned down some of the generalizations you do have some good points in there. I'm not denying that.
I'm a huge horse's butt; I make my points in an obnoxious and troll-esque manner, and I know it. Believe it or not, this sort of talk helps keep me motivated to improve my own health, so I enjoy doing it. Also, there's a long and sad story behind my attitude about this sort of thing, so try not to judge me too harshly. If you'd lived my life, you'd probably hate fat people even worse than I do.