There is a disturbing trend of late, born from good intentions, that same composite substance used to pave the road to hell, whereby we all accept ourselves as perfect, beautiful, and finished. No doubt this is a carryover from the, “Everyone gets a trophy because there are no winners and losers, you are all special and deserving of praise regardless of the effort made”. Self-esteem is paramount. In order to be loved, you must be lovable, so that is our accepted starting point. We are deserving of all of life’s gifts because of who we are, no deficiencies here, if you see one, that’s your problem not mine.

Naturally this is an easy course to navigate, requiring zero self-reflection, zero self-awareness. No effort is needed to improve, to grow, to become that person you were supposed to be all along. We can put a bow on this painting because it is complete with no further strokes needed.

Let’s start from the premise that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, I read that somewhere. Excluding inward beauty, that thing that is eternal and more valuable, external beauty gets more air time, for a number of reasons; we can see the evidence with our own eyes, subjectively speaking of course, and with the new era of acceptance and tolerance (not really new, just more talked about) the very definition has been expanded to irrelevance.

Tess Holliday is a fat model. Now before you rag on me for calling her fat, those are her own words, words that she revels in and makes a ton of bank endorsing. She is a freakin’ genius. She is the new “it” girl, if by it we mean counter to prevailing acceptable norms. Not only is she fat, she promotes fat pride, a new attitude of, “You don’t like what you see? Fuck Off!!”

Tess has written a book on body image, and by the Amazon reviews, well received. She is outspoken and very rich, tapping in to an emotional issue, not of self-help or improvement but of flat-out acceptance, “I am this way because I choose to be this way”. For her I would probably say she is telling the truth because of what she is selling, what she is promoting. For those overweight folks who can’t cash in, loving yourself is great, do that, but don’t stop trying to lose weight or get healthy. The fat acceptance movement aims to normalize obesity, promoting the belief that it’s fine to be fat, it’s not.

Tess just landed the cover of Self, a magazine that specializes in health, wellness, beauty, and style. Some thinks it is ridiculous;

Pointing out the absurdity of this magazine cover doesn’t make me anti-woman. It makes me pro-living and being healthy.

Naturally in her bio she gives us the standard trope that fat folks can also be healthy. But even the studies that say A doesn’t necessarily mean B , they still warn about future problems;

The new research confirmed this. People who are overweight have a fifty-fifty chance of having high cholesterolhigh blood pressure, or elevated blood sugar levels. Pretty good odds, but not as good as those for people who are within the normal weight range. They have a 75% chance of having normal results on blood tests for cholesterol and blood sugar. And for those who are obese, the chance of having normal results falls to one-third.

Celebrating obesity is lazy and dangerous, and it’s not just an American problem;

According to the NHS, we’re in the grip of an obesity epidemic, which has led to increased pressure on the struggling health service. The latest figures reveal that weight-related hospital admissions have risen by 18% in the past year, with more than a quarter (26%) of British adults now classified as obese. Another recent study, which measured the metabolic health of more than 17,000 respondents, showed that overweight people who exercise regularly and consider themselves “fat but fit” still had a 28% increased risk of heart disease, compared to their slimmer counterparts. As well as being linked to diabetes, obesity can also be responsible for osteoarthritis, gout, breathing problems, high blood pressure and other conditions. While being thin won’t automatically grant you a clean bill of health or a long, smug life of squeaky clean arteries, there’s no denying that health risks are higher for obese people.

Is sum, what Tess peddles to fine and lucrative for her, but dangerous and deflating for her readers.

I see overweight folks all the time at the gym, I have nothing but admiration for them. They understand the need for some reconstruction. I saw this the other day, so cool;

I like the move by the fashion industry to promote “healthy” women in their ads. Anorexia  is not attractive, not healthy, and not something to emulate. Girls with curves rock. Although I think Ashley Graham is attractive, she too could lose a few pounds.

We only get one body in life, we best take care of it. I understand the appeal in what Tess is peddling ,”See, she understands me, she says I’m fine just the way I am, pass the Haagan-Daz”.

Born imperfect, life has always been about the journey. To gain knowledge is to get better, to evolve from what was to something better, a life long pursuit of truth, all these things are consistent with the idea that complacency is an excuse. Ditto with our earthly temple. We can do better, get in better shape, eat better, take better care of ourselves. From the great show Crashing;

“On a sub conscious level I’ve always hated my body”

“You hate your body?”

“Sure, everyone does”

“Everyone hates your body?”

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This is the opposite end of the spectrum in a society where beautiful people are held up as the standard to which the rest of us should aspire to. Of course we can’t all be supermodels or look like Chippendale dancers. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take care of ourselves, if for no other reason than for our own financial well-being; it’s a lot more expensive to be overweight and unhealthy than otherwise when the weight catches up with you.

Meanwhile, in other news:
Harlan Ellison dead:
http://sciencefiction.com/2018/06/28/controversial-science-fiction-writer-harlan-ellison-passes-away-84/

This is the opposite end of the spectrum in a society where beautiful people are held up as the standard to which the rest of us should aspire to. Correct. The trend towards accepting who we are comes more from anti-bulimia/anorexia than from your 5 year old’s plastic trinket from little league. People aspiring to be super-thin so badly that they barf up their breakfast, lunch and dinner is more troubling than a forgotten trophy that was more for the parents than the kids. Hint: it will kill you faster than diabetes. Tess is definitely fat, whereas most of these… Read more »

On a sub conscious level I’ve always hated my body

Forgot this one. I hate mine and I weigh 125 pounds. God decided that I didn’t need to gain weight anywhere but my mid-torso. If I gain any more than this, I look like a beach ball on sticks. Thing is, I never looked at a nicely dressed fat woman and said “fuck it, I’m fine”.

I do take exception to the idea that we can fat-shame our way girth reduction in America. I’ll tell you this: if we ever get universal, single payer health care in the US, I’ll fat shame remorselessly. Once I’m paying for other people’s horrible health choices, I’m entitled to speak my mind. Until then, I prefer to be encouraging. To me, a major benefit of maintaining healthy weight, eating right, exercising, and all that is that I never get sick when I’m doing it. A healthy lifestyle may not completely cancel out bad genes, but it helps a lot! What’s… Read more »

I’ll tell you this: if we ever get universal, single payer health care in the US, I’ll fat shame remorselessly. Once I’m paying for other people’s horrible health choices, I’m entitled to speak my mind. Heh. Shame away, but I am not sure it will help anything other than your sensibilities. I mean, every Starbucks Cafe Latte has something like 290 calories. A lot of people don’t think to count those and they might have two per day. It’s that sort of thing that people work into their routine that just ruins their waistlines without them knowing why. One word:… Read more »

But if we talk about it in anyway, we are fat-shaming. I may have misinterpreted your post, but you certainly misinterpreted my reply. None of those strawmen you put up represented my reply. Fat-shaming would be “you are too fat to wear nice clothes, here’s a mumu.” I was being lazy earlier because I didn’t want to crawl through my friends posts, but I found the article saying basically what you are saying plus what I just said. Do you know of anyone that posits the idea that ,”We can fat-shame our way to girth reduction in America”? Yes, as… Read more »

The other issue which I did not address in the post; people who say they are happy being fat.

Ok, we probably need to define “fat” here. The girl in the photo for the post is really not “fat” in the sense that we are talking here. “Tess” most definitely is. The model in the article I posted is very attractive but could stand to lose ~20 pounds. Truly fat people are usually uncomfortable getting around and I would think unhappy.

Heh. Shame away, but I am not sure it will help anything other than your sensibilities. Hell no. If I have to subsidize someone else’s diabetes, I want it to be illegal to be fat. One word: alcohol. Wine and beer are really bad if you are trying to lose weight. Yeah, that aspect sucks. There’s no way you can drink and lose weight. When I hit my highest weight in 2015 and had officially crossed into “obese” BMI, I went on Weight Watchers. I was horrified when I realized that every one of the vodka tonics I was drinking… Read more »

If I have to subsidize someone else’s diabetes, I want it to be illegal to be fat.

Yea, but that goes for alcoholics, people that speed, etc. That slope gets pretty slippery pretty quickly. LOL, my sister in law told my mother in law (her mother) that “no she didn’t need that transplant” after she gets a certain age. It was a theoretical discussion, but she wasn’t kidding.

Santino

One word: alcohol. I think Homer said it best… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdFoAr5QdwA I’m not fat or overweight by any stretch, but damn it for the amount of exercising I do I should be an underwear model (probably boxers, not the tighty-whitey kind). I just can’t quit booze (as we prepare for 2 cookouts this weekend…)! As for fat shaming, I have to worry about the opposite for my oldest daughter. She’s a very picky eater and is pretty skinny. She’s almost 11, and is starting to notice how thin she is. We as parents don’t make it an issue, but when she… Read more »

Yea, but that goes for alcoholics, people that speed, etc. That slope gets pretty slippery pretty quickly.

And this is why I’m opposed to universal health care. Once we let in that vampire, the health Nazis will run out lives.

Once we let in that vampire, the health Nazis will run out lives.

Yea, it is definitely a drawback, but perhaps outweighed by a healthier population in general? We have folks here on universal coverage, perhaps they could weigh in on the pros and cons.

Of course, and not to discount the importance of self esteem and body positivity, but there is a perception out there, and I think your posted article lends itself to this, that if you are overweight, this was by design, that you meant to be this way, For slightly overweight folks, that might be true. Some people are built bigger than others, this is undeniable. Short people are double-whammied. Metabolisms vary and so on. For actual fat people, no, I don’t think that is true. Look at other countries – there are virtually no fat people in Vietnam, for instance.… Read more »

Well, let’s take a look. From the first link in my post;

I meant in real life. Have you ever heard anyone say these things? I just can’t imagine that it is really common thinking.

Not for long;

That is really a shame.

Judge Dredd, Pro se

Sugar’s effect on the body cannot be ignored which is why you’re seeing those rates of obesity in Asia. It’s also from white rice- which is a simple carb that turns into sugar. Being that fat is a medical problem. The guy in that gym picture won’t live to 50 looking like that. There are two things that need to immediately be done there: 1.) a comprehensive blood test. You need to know your hormones. Is your thyroid functioning, is your testosterone level right and whether or not you’re insulin resistant. THEN you diet after you’ve optimized those measures. I… Read more »

Sugar’s effect on the body cannot be ignored which is why you’re seeing those rates of obesity in Asia. It’s also from white rice- which is a simple carb that turns into sugar.

Asian people have been eating rice for thousands of years. Now all of a sudden it’s making them fat?

They’re getting fat because they’re eating the same fast food Americans are, not exercising, and (in some cases) have a cultural preference for being fatter.

CMNZ

Yeah we have universal healthcare and I’ve never in 44 years had the sense that the govt acts as a “health nazi” and “runs my life”. I also haven’t noticed anyone else complaining about that sort of thing. Same experience during my 4 years in London.

Judge Dredd, Pro Se

Asian people have been eating rice for thousands of years. Now all of a sudden it’s making them fat? Yes, when the two intersect. Traditionally the Asian first is more one than the other. Now they’ve gained access through cheap processed food to both in massive quantities. If you’d research macros like I’ve discussed in the past, you’d see that once the macro threshold has been met it is the EXCESS that distorts body composition. Read about high jackman’s program for his wolverine body. He was consuming sometimes 4000 calories a day, but it had more to do with his… Read more »

Zurvan

Yet there are many people these days who eat Keto (70-80% of Macros from Fat, extremely low carbs) who do just fine with weight management and live very healthy lives. And people who eat Paleo/Primal (around 30-40% fat, 45%+ Protein) who do fine as well. I’ve heard a lot in the last decade about how healthy the Mediterranean Diet is (40% Carbs, 40%+ Fat, <20% Protein). Then of course there is the Blue Zones diet, based on research done studying societies around the world who’s people regularly live to 100, where you eat 95% plant based, with 65% carbs, 20%… Read more »

I eat 250 grams of protein a day.

That is far too much protein. At best, it’s meaningless and at worst, you might destroy your kidneys.

Your theory that caloric defecit, without any other consideration to nutrients is all you need to manage weight is reckless and unhealthy, and it will catch up to you.

That’s not my theory. If I thought nutrients didn’t really matter, I’d just go on the Twinkie diet, which has been proven to cause weight loss and even drop LDL cholesterol.

There is no one answer for everyone. Which is exactly correct. I’ve done a low carb diet (South Beach). I lost weight on it and got a lot of good recipes out of it, but it wasn’t sustainable for me. When I started working a more physically-intensive job, I was craving carbs and the diet fell apart. It wasn’t just that. Eating that kind of food was pricey and it was a bit…exotic. I think I did the best with Weight Watchers. I lost something like 25-30 pounds on it and that weight has almost entirely stayed off for over… Read more »

Yeah we have universal healthcare and I’ve never in 44 years had the sense that the govt acts as a “health nazi” and “runs my life”.

I can’t speak to other countries’ experiences. I just know that the US typically applies its nanny state behavior in the most hamfisted and misguided ways imaginable and that’s what would end up happening.

In the last year or so, numerous states have started trying to ban food stamp recipients from using their benefits to buy junk food and luxury items like steak and lobster, for example.

I eat 250 grams of protein a day. I am carbohydrate resistant, so on that macro I sometimes restrict it to .7 grams per pound of body weight, compared to my general 1:1 rario of protein to weight. Fats I use sparingly, sometimes 70 grams a day. Wait, I didn’t catch this the first time I read it. You’re 250 pounds? We’re about the same height. If that is what you weigh, you’re obese by BMI. I hope you’re trying to bring that weight down. Whether you’re 60 lbs overweight and mostly muscle or fat, it doesn’t matter for the… Read more »

Growing up poor cheap/processed calories made up my daily food intake. It wasn’t until I got a good job that I could afford to eat better. My biggest problem in recent years is that having kids in the home means you’re always going to have some junk food in the house or have nights that you’re too exhausted to cook and end up splurging on fast food. I need the kids to hurry up and go to college so I can get the Pringles out of the pantry. It is noteworthy that any change to your lifestyle, habits, family situation,… Read more »

Aside from the other examples I provided, I stumbled on to this this morning, she is a piece of work; Does pfluffy mean she’s never heard anyone say it in person, like conversationally? I never have either, though there are plenty on YouTube and the odd editorial writer on places where that kind of garbage is propagated. Such as Vice or HuffPo. A centered life is more gratifying, lends perspective and ultimately makes you happier. That really gets to the kernel of it. When you look at “Fat Girl” in the video link I shared above, probably her most apparent… Read more »

Does pfluffy mean she’s never heard anyone say it in person, like conversationally? I never have either

Yes, that is what I mean.

Judge Dredd, Pro Se

Nope you are wrong again, William. The adage about protein and kidney damage is 100 percent complete myth. It has been thoroughly debunked. It was THOUGHT it might cause kidney damage because the by product of excess processing of protein is urea but the latest science shows that was theory and conplete bullshit in practice. You don’t know what my protein requirements are and you have no fucking clue what is safe. I get regular blood panels, I work out with strength training and cardio at least four times a week, so what would your expert requirement macro for those… Read more »

The adage about protein and kidney damage is 100 percent complete myth. It has been thoroughly debunked. According to which study? Sugar is the he most useless example of a carbohydrate nutrient absent fiber in a 1:1 ratio. It is a TOXIN in the blood stream And see, this is where the cult-like lunacy starts to creep in. It starts with “Hey, we eat to much sugar as a proportion to the rest of our diet” and then graduate to “You know, eating rice makes Asians fat” and “It’s a little-known fact that chocolate cookies are toxic”. So, to wrap… Read more »

I have not known many obese folks

We need to get you east of the Rockies more often. Both pfluffy and I have them in herds around our towns.

I’ll allow Judge one thing since I took the time to find the relevant studies on my own. His kidneys are probably fine.

Zurvan

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Meme time? Meme time.

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Zurvan

Meme Fight!

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Dammit. Pace yourself, man.

I have to go out. To be continued…

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Santino

. It’s that I enjoy getting drunk.

Amen to that!

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