How many euphemisms for “fat” can you spot in this article on “young and chubby” chicks?
“chubby,” “curvy,” “zaftig,” “healthfully big,” “rounded feminine beauty ideal,”"larger feminine form,” “full-figured,” “voluptuous,” “natural body type.”
Ok. Reality check. Five-foot-five and 200 pounds is FAT. You’re not a “natural body type;” you’re not just big-boned. You’re FAT. One girl mentioned how she “dieted to a size 8″ and could “see her collarbone” and didn’t like it. I’m sorry, honey, but you can see collarbones in NORMAL-SIZED people. I can see my collarbones (I’m 6’2″ and 180 lbs). Janell Tatis (5’8″ and 170–note–half a foot shorter than me, female and only 10 lbs lighter) “I just look like I eat.” No S***, Ms. Sherlock. You eat TOO DAMN MUCH.
This is really a ridiculous article. Of course, to the NYTimes these young women are “empowered” and non-conformist–refusing to slim down for some man (or Western, patriarchal, woman-hating standard of beauty). There are perfunctory references to adult onset diabetes hitting obese teenagers and other health problems associated with being FAT, but in general it’s a celebration of fat chicks. Now they have self-esteem in scads and this lovely quality allows them to chow down on the Twinkies. Brilliant.
I’m sorry (to those of you who might fit this definition, and men too) but you’re FAT. And being FAT is UNHEALTHY. My tax dollars are going to go to your Medicaid-funded kidney dialysis when you get diabetes. Or your Medicare-funded heart surgery. Or your knee replacements. All because you CAN’T put the chips down and get off your FAT ass and go for a walk.
And to tie this in to gene expression. Yes, I know different body types exist. Yes, I know some people are predisposed to being overweight. You know what? People whose grandparents all died of heart attacks are likely predisposed to heart disease. MAYBE you should look into taking care of your heart if that’s the case. Similarly, you should watch your diet and exercise even more if your ancestors are Pima Indians (look it up, it’s Saturday, and I’m going out).
God I’m sick and tired of this unjustified “self-esteem” crap.
(yes this applies to guys too, who are sitting around shoving Doritos in their faces and drinking 6-packs of barley pop and weight 215 lbs at 5’9″).
(no this doesn’t apply to the truly “athletic” body types who are mostly muscle, like the Williams sisters who are mentioned in the article–I’m willing to bet 10 large that the fat chicks they talked to in the article have body fat percentages around 33% and higher, whereas the Williams girls are probably under 20%, and even more likely less than 15%).
Time to go drinking.