So the media is buzzing again about another celebrity that has packed on just a little bit of padding. This time it's Jessica Simpson.
More recently, some unknown fashion designer called Heidi Klum "too heavy" and "has too big a bust" Much less something to care about, but apparently People magazine figured it was relevant enough to get her comments. They gathered other quotes from other celebs like Rachael Ray and Khloe Kardashian who also defended Simpson.
Speaking of supermodels, it wasn't that long ago Tyra Banks was in the proverbial crosshairs. (Not surprisingly, this was also a People story.) While I think a lot of talk shows pander a little too much to sensationalism, I remember Cimmy watching hers a bit, and I noticed Tyra had taken some time to deconstruct the media magic and other aids used to manufacture some glamour. (To put it bluntly, she carefully removed her bra from under her shirt to show she had some natural droop like most real women.)
But I don't think this is all about Madison Avenue, Wall Street, and Hollywood, necessarily. While searching back to find my previous post, I stumbled across a VOX entry where the author described outright cruel inconsideration from other people in regards to her weight.
Through my life I still hear lots of comments which hurt my ego. The other day I asked if there was a Krispy Kreme around here (work), and got told off, that "you don't need that, do you?". Not that it was even for me, instead my half brother was coming up from the country, and I thought it would be a nice gift cos he probably wouldn't have tried them before. One place I worked at my boss wanted pringles and I got told to go up to the shops and get them "because I could use the exercise". Just the other day I got told that if I worked out then I probably wouldn't have had so much period pain. Because strangers have the best insight into how my body works. Even my psych, subtly noted that a fitness first was opening in my area, and therefore "there were no more excuses for a lot of people". There are many more I could add to this list but will stop for my own sanity.
Ouch! Mighty Jalapeno had a witty reply, referencing Ingravesconimis Morbus, a.k.a. You're Too Fat Disease, a.k.a. (on the street) Fat Bastarditis. But I would add other diseases, coming from the other direction. They're called Busybodyitis and Fatphobia.
The ultimate moral (or ethic, for you uptight intellectuals): Balance and moderation is a good thing. It would be great if there were far fewer extremes wrapped up in eating disorders and such. I'd take more instances of "overweight" than "emaciated" or "morbidly obese". Granted, a clinically obese man is writing this, but I think I can reasonably claim that health problems haven't helped. I haven't been this way all my life– not by a long shot– but of course, I can accept that some people are a little better genetically coded to survive a famine– i.e. they can come down to "overweight" and still be reasonably healthy.
Oh, if I haven't referenced it before: no, i'm just fat. It was on the [this is good] page (I think before more categories were added?) about two years back. Very good read.