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Echoes and Mirrors» Blog Archive » Fatties

Fatties

Yes, these are a bit old. Yes, I have been incredibly busy and unable to post. Suck it.

First, from May 15th, Fattie gets all upset because her yearbook signature page said the truth:

“I just feel like sitting in my room and crying,” said freshman Marie Gray. “I don’t feel like doing anything.”

Marie has spent the last two days crying. Her Tonopah Valley High school yearbook came out and beneath her signature for the class of 2012 is the word “fat” followed by a three letter word we can’t say on television.

Her mother, Rae Knowlton, admits, “I was just like there’s no way and I looked at it and there it was. I wouldn’t wish that on any child at all.”

Marie texted her mom from class with pictures of the embarrassing words. Knowlton explains, “I zoomed in on my phone and I was like ‘What is this?’ and then I saw it and I was like, ‘Oh No’.”

There was also a derogatory word about another boy’s sexuality. The yearbook teacher sent an apology letter with the class’ signatures calling the act immature. The class starting marking out the words after they had already handed it out to hundreds of students.

Which isn’t fair to her, granted, but it is also unfair to society as a whole to tell her it is okay to look like that. With any other species one would suppose nothing should be said at all and social norms would take care of this. However, we have all but disposed of the brutal survival of the fittest manifestations in our evolutionary track. Fat girls reproduce regularly. But is it genetic?

The obesity epidemic in the US is due solely to increased food intake:

Melbourne, Australia – The amount of food Americans eat has been increasing since the 1970s, and that alone is the cause of the obesity epidemic in the US today [1]. Physical activity—or the lack thereof—has played virtually no role in the rising number of expanding American waistlines, according to research presented at the 2009 European Congress on Obesity in Amsterdam last week.

The finding is contrary to the widely held assumption that decreased physical activity is an equally important driver of overweight and obesity in the US, said lead author Dr Boyd Swinburn (Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia).

Yes, you can run your plump little tushie off; you will still be fat. Have you ever seen a fat Ethiopian refugee? No. That’s not to say physical activity cannot help – it does stimulate your metabolism. But eating less is the key here. In the US, food is plentiful – even for the homeless (I assure you, this is the case – they eat better than I do sometimes) and to not snack regularly is seen as deviant behavior. I’m giving those with Diabetes and legitimate Thyroid problems a pass, of course.

However, I think it might actually be kind of a good thing. It certainly does help weed out the less desirables in the opposite sex, don’t you think? You may argue that if we recognize it as such, then we are harnessing Natural Selection for eugenics. However, the lack of control dismisses such a theory – it is simply an observation.

And one I have no problem with.

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