You know, you don't HAVE to present yourself as black to the world. You could put a ton of makeup on every morning to make yourself look white, like Eddie Murphy did in "White Like Me." All your racial problems would be over. Given this fact that you COULD do something about your race if you really wanted to, why should society have to accept black people? Why do you keep banging the "black acceptance" drum instead?posted by aaron at 10:33 AM on June 26, 2001
While I think owillis just doesn't "get it" (non-fatties rarely do), I also think it's freakin' hee-LAR-ious that several of MeFi's most notable right-wing voices are, as it turns out, Big Fatties. Is their bitterness at fat oppression the cause of their misguided conservatism? If they lost weight and started bagging the babes, would they then start reading Chomsky and voting for Nader? No less an authority on women than Dan Savage sez that after good personal hygiene, a left-leaning voting record is the best way to pick up chicks...:)posted by hincandenza at 1:32 PM on June 26, 2001
Somehow, I don't think a line of hate like that would be tolerated here for one second. If Hincandenza had made a post about how many MeFites are "Big Faggots", I have a strange feeling that the reaction would be a lot different.posted by aaron at 3:26 PM on June 26, 2001
(Not to be picky or tangential, but only idiots on the right say stuff like that. Most of us think it's liberal government programs that have stuck most of those people in the ghetto, not laziness on the part of those stuck therein.)posted by aaron at 4:31 PM on June 26, 2001
No, Norton. The only thing you have a clue about is how your own individual body reacted to your attempts. Very little of that can be logically extrapolated to any other person's body. Look at it this way: What if you had brain cancer? There's more than one way to attempt to treat such a disease, and none of them works for everybody with brain cancer. If you had received a certain treatment for that cancer that worked, would you then assume all other people with the same cancer must be treatable by that same technique or regimen?
Or look at it yeat another way: Over the last two years my mother gained a lot of weight; she really ballooned up. During that time, she has been on the receiving end of every sort of hate speech brought up in this thread, as well as every piece of advice in this thread. She tried all the advice, none of it worked. She just got bigger. About three weeks ago she found out what the problem was: Something had triggered her long-present-but-never-THAT-bad sleep apnea, to the point where she was one of the worst-affected patients with that problem her doctor had ever seen. It was so bad that she was living the equivalent of a full-blown hospital stress test every hour she was asleep, making her barely able to function during the day. She had less than 50% of the amount of oxygen in her
blood that a normal person does; she was waking up every morning experiencing the same physical, mental and emotional changes that happen to climbers near the Top of Mt. Everest. Many people who were less healthy than her (other than her obesity) would have long since had a heart attack from it.
The solution: They gave her a little portable air machine (it it looks like this). She wears a little mask over her nose when she goes to bed at night, which forces air into her lungs at a high pressure, keeping her airway open. Within a week she was 75% better, and just today she was checked again and her oxygen level is back up to 97%. Her physical stamina is back to normal, the mental and emotional fogginess are gone. And she's already lost 30 pounds, without a single change in her eating habits or exercise regimen. The weight gain was entirely caused by the apnea.
So, there you have flat-out proof of someone whose fatness was caused entirely by something unrelated to exercise or diet. Ignorance, while pathetic, can at least be understood. But if, after reading this, anyone in this thread still feels comfortable going around spouting off the "they're just lazy bastards" meme, well, they'll deserve to get that scarlet H stamped on their foreheads, right next to the L.posted by aaron at 8:51 PM on June 26, 2001
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