Here’s a thing to know about me – I’m kinda fat. I have more than a few extra pounds on me. I’m just a little over the range of what is considered healthy for my height, but I am working on that. See, I don’t aspire to look like these male models in magazines. For one, I don’t have the money for that kind of lifestyle. For another, I like food too much to aspire to that. What’s more, I like unhealthy food. Still, there is no reason that I can’t have a healthier lifestyle and enjoy the benefits of living healthier. Still, I’m kinda fat. I bring this up because anyone who says that what I am about to tell you is fat-shaming is full of shit.
All over Tumblr, you see things like “thin privilege” “fat acceptance,” and “body positivity.” Look, I am all for people being happy with their bodies. But here’s the deal – we need to start being honest about who we are. We need to be honest about the fact that being fat has problems that comes with it. Being fat is bad for your health. I accepted it, and am working to keep things in a place where I can feel better, live better, and overall just be better. That’s what needs to happen. Why do I bring this up?
It seems that a company called Protein World got into some hot water by the Tumblrite SJW snowflake crowd. We live in the age of perpetual butthurt, after all. They don’t want to be told that being fat can be a bad thing. There was a rather awesome video made by the Internet Aristocrat about the SJW obsession with not making a point about people being fat. Check this shit out.
Protein World is a company that sells supplements and stuff like that, with the intent of helping people get in shape. Their latest ad campaign asks a question –
Oh look! There’s one of the snowflakes now! I can’t help but notice that she’s thin as a rail. Kind of weird that a thin person takes so much umbrage with the billboard. I mean, what is her beef? She clearly works hard to keep herself thin. Or she is genetically predisposed. Is that it? Thin guilt? It’s like white guilt, but for thin people.
The special snowflakes took to Twitter, to go after Protein World, and then the unthinkable happened – Protein World didn’t bow. They didn’t break. They chose to stand tall to these Authoritarian bullies and tell them what they think – #GrowUpHarriet. A hashtag that has been trending, so the snowflakes could know what they think. It’s awesome. It’s high time that a corporation took a stand against these people. Took a stand for their right to say what they want. Because you know what, it’s time that we had an honest conversation about being fat.
Being fat isn’t a good thing. I’m sorry, but it’s not. I’m not some guy who feels hatred of myself for being overweight. I am working on it, but that’s just so that I can have a healthier life. Because being fat does have health problems. Being fat is a major issue. Especially in this country – the US of A. Obesity is such a massive problem. Part of that is due to how many poor people there are in this country. Sure, bad behavior is a problem, but I won’t deny that when you are poor, your nutrition options are limited, and poverty is growing in this country, as the middle class has all but disappeared.
What’s more – being thin isn’t a privilege. My ex is 4′ 9″ tall. She’s tiny. She has a metabolism like a squirrel. To gain weight, in an effort to join the Air Force, she is trying to gain weight, along with working out to gain muscle weight. It’s been unbelievably difficult for her. Because she naturally burns so many calories, because she has a very high metabolism and is active at her work and in her lifestyle. It’s not a privilege. It’s what she was born with. The people who are in magazines don’t have a privilege. Sure, Photoshop has a lot to do with what we see, but the women who model and who act and whatever else bust their ass to be as thin as they are. It isn’t a privilege. It’s hard work and dedication.
And that’s what choosing to get in shape is – a choice, that requires dedication. But it doesn’t have to be something that you do insane levels of dedication for. For real, it all starts with simple things. I have chosen to get off non-diet soda, and drink green tea. I go on walks almost every day. They’re pretty long, around a hospital just down the road from where I live. Now that summer is here, it’s a great time to do this. I sweat, get my adrenaline going. It feels good, and though I am totally sweaty and feel like a dried out carp when I get home, I feel better once I am rested and I got my energy back. I am working desperately to find stable employment, so once I do, I am going to be eating better. No more Kirkland frozen pizzas from Costco, save for one in a while. Oh, and you can also ditch snacking, which is what I did. Just having the three meals a day. If I do snack, it’s canned fruit. Living healthy doesn’t have to be a lead ball around your ankle.
Look, if you want to say that being fat is fine and that you don’t care about the consequences, that’s your choice. You can do that, and you can own that. But let’s not go acting like weight isn’t an issue. Let’s not go acting like weight isn’t part of life. Let’s not act like a person’s weight won’t be a part of their life.
As for Protein World, good on you, standing up to bullies. The SJWs are the new thought police. They are the new McCarthy witch-hunters. It’s high-time that somebody told them to fuck off. And it made you all over a million dollars (adjusted from British currency) in four days. That’s impressive.
It’s not good to treat people shitty for being fat. But for all the fatties like me, we have to accept that we are fat. If you choose to accept it and do nothing about it, that is entirely your choice, and you are free to do that. To the people who say that the BMI is bullshit and that think that people treating them differently is wrong – your bitterness doesn’t validate your lifestyle. I’m sorry, but your aggression doesn’t change the way that things work.
Until next time, a quote,
“We all got our own choices to make.” -Mama Gump, Forrest Gump