Tuesday, May 23, 2006

That's the fatness

I took Ethan to a carnival this past weekend and I was shocked at how many over-weight children I saw. I know that I've discussed this topic before, but it bothers me so bad that I felt the need to discuss it again.

There was one little girl who was a 4 feet tall beach ball. She walked up the stairs to slide down one of those tall wavy slides. (I know you know what I'm talking about.) Anyway, when it was her turn to go, she had a hard time pushing herself to get her momentum going. She NEVER got ANY momentum. She was so large that even though she was sitting on a sack, she still wouldn't slide. She had to literally push herself all the way down to the bottom. The sad part about it was that the mother told the Carney that she wanted her tickets back. She insisted that there was something wrong with the slide. But when the Carney showed her that another kid had no problems, she then blamed the sack. Saying that there must have been something sticky on it. The only problem with that was that the girl handed the sack to the next kid in line and that kid flew down the slide with no problems. Um, HELLO LADY!! Your kid is fucking morbidly obese!!

Parents are to blame for this 100%. I have no doubt that these children are not eating healthy or with moderation. I also have no doubt that these children aren't being as active as most children their age. I have noticed that 99% of the obese children, have obese parents. So I'm aware that genetics plays a part in SOME cases, but there's also shit that can be done to maintain an average weight. It's a sad, sad epidemic that will just only get worse. Because those fat children will turn into fat adults, who will then have fat children who will grow up to have fat children. It's a vicious cycle.

In other news...........I am going on a dinner cruise this Monday. (yes, it's a date) We will be dining and dancing aboard a HUGE yacht in the Potomac. I'm stoked.

I'll try to keep this thing updated more often. I know y'all are just DYING to read my shit. I hope everyone is having a stupendous day!!

Deep Throat of the Day: Since we're talking about being fat, I ate an entire funnel cake and half a bag of kennel corn. Oink, oink!! (hypocrite?)


lauritajuanitasanchez said...

My kid will only eat Life cereal...grapes on occasion...and the rare McNugget.

I blame America. We have no respect or appreciation for food, family time or routine. That my 2 cents.

The Lily said...

Agree with you 10000000%. Fat people have created a culture of justification around being "big an beautiful." But it's neither healthy nor attractive. And it's reinforced by a society that is bent on accepting EVERYTHING as it is because we can't offend even the fat people who need to lose weight to save their fucking no-necks.

Genetics doesn't mean that you will be fat without question, but rather that you are predisposed to be fat. That as opposed to kids with parents that are slim, you have the body shape and the distinct possibility of obesity if you sit on your fat ass and do nothing.

I hate excuses, fat people. Don't give me excuses, it's YOUR LIFE ON THE LINE. Although more or less, my tax money will be paying for most of your diabetes, heart disease, dialysis, bone disorder and other fat-associated illness treatments.

NWJR said...

"Deep Throat of the Day: Since we're talking about being fat, I ate an entire funnel cake and half a bag of kennel corn. Oink, oink!! (hypocrite?)Deep Throat of the Day: Since we're talking about being fat, I ate an entire funnel cake and half a bag of kennel corn. Oink, oink!! (hypocrite?)"

Not hypocritical, but you're probably not the kind of person that will gain weight by eating it. Me--I'd be five pounds heavier in the morning, and I am NOT kidding.

And "clairbell", with all due respect, fuck off. I don't care if overweight is "unattractive" to you or not. It's none of your goddam business what I put in my mouth, any more than it's your business whether I smoke or not, or whom I fuck. Despite being overweight, my health is otherwise letter-perfect. My cholesterol is low, my blood sugar levels are perfect, and I'm in great health. OTOH, my skinny wife has cholesterol levels through the roof, heart problems, and health problems you woudn't believe.

You don't like the way I look? Turn away. Other than that, keep your nose out of my business, and quit trying to make your discrimination a "tax money" issue.

(April: BTW, I agree with you about the kids. But as an adult, it's no one's business but mine. And, FWIW, my kids are all skinny.)

Anonymous said...

I think a lot of parents do the fast food thing instead of cooking something healthy for their kids. That, coupled with kids hardly ever playing outside anymore (video games, computers, ding-dongs) has led to fatties!

Coley said...
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Coley said...

Funnel cake = delicious. No guilt involved.

As for the above discussion, I think it's important to make the distinction between "morbidly obese" and "overweight". There are so many conflicting studies showing so many different things (people who are slightly overweight are healthier than those slightly underweight; anyone a few pounds too heavy will get diabetes and die within 3 years etc), that it's difficult to make any assumptions regarding overall health and weight.
Clearly, if your weight limits your ability, it's probably not good. But my few extra pounds aren't costing any tax payers anything, and I'm still healthier than most people.

Anonymous said...

"Big Fat Lies Feed Obesity Fears": "What's more, according to Campos, there is no documented relationship between weight loss and health. He claims that medical studies that link obesity to wide range of diseases, including heart disease and cancer, are misleading and often self-serving. The result is a cultural hysteria that uses a dangerous and pervasive myth to demonize all - especially poor people of color - who do not fit the shrinking standards of the ideal body weight.

Amanda said...

I feel sorry for the heavier kids because they are picked on...more so by adults than other kids. Adults are evil bitches for the most part. Yes, I do think the parents hold some responsibility in monitoring/teaching their kids good eating habits, but it's also the responsibility of adults to practice what they preach. What kid is going to believe an overweight parent when they say eating a whole fried chicken is bad for you? But like I said, I feel sorry for the kid.

Grant said...

They need to eat more Japanese food. Don't worry, though - the epidemic will be self-contained. Once they reach a certain level of obesity, they will be unable to copulate and will begin to drop dead of massive heart attacks by age twelve, so the problem will tend to itself.

Anonymous said...

huge, huge problem, indeed. and way too ignored.

Randi said...

There's a big difference between being "overweight" and enjoying fair food and being obese just because you don't care to fix a problem. So sad.

Kira said...

Well, I agree that a child is only overweight if a parent allows it. And it's our responsibility to teach good eating habits. Hell, my kids eat healthier than I do :) I tell them that when they are an adult, they can make different food choices, and then it IS their choice. I make the choice day in and day out to not be a size 2 anymore because I like good food :) Mmmm pass me the funnel cake!

Kira said...

Oh shit! and before I forget! GO APRIL! I hope you love that dinner cruise deal. I went on one of those in Paris down La Siene with Alex...man was it romantic and fun :)

nicole said...

I completely agree with you. It absolutely AMAZES me that kids are able to become obese in the first place. I mean, there's always been that chubby kid in class but even he was able to run around with us at recess.

When I was a kid (wasn't all THAT long ago) the worst punishment we could get was to sit in our rooms watching our friends run around outside. We lived to be physical and on the rare occasion we were indoors too long, our parents would MAKE us go outside and do something with ourselves. That kinda thing doesn't seem to be happening anymore.

jadedprimadonna said...

I think the main thing is to try to get them to eat healthy and be active. But however they turn out looking - love them and let them know it every single day.

Have a great time on your cruise!

The Lily said...

No problems here, sugar. I know it's the best you can do between ho-hos.

I will correct you and say that it's not "discrimination." Fat people aren't an ethnic or racial group. Asian, African, Indians can't change the color of their skin, or ethnic features. But you my friend, you can lose weight. Calling me turning my face in digust from you discrimination trivializes the civil rights movement and is an insult to people who actually are being discriminated against. You having to pay for two seats on an airplane is not discrimination, it's the way the world is. Deal. Move on.

So you can get angry with me for stating the truth, and be comfortable like you all say you are but then go home and cry yourselves to sleep; OR you can put your money where your mouth is and accept that you aren't going to change, instead of projecting on me your pent up anger from years of torture for being fat.

But like you said, not my issue and none of my business.

April, my apologies.

D.T. said...

LMAO! I can totally picture that 4 ft. beach ball going down the slide! All huffing and puffing and straining to push her spherical body down! You should have totally taken a picture!

I know, it's not nice to make fun of people (especially when they're way younger than you) but couldnt she have just tucked in her legs and rolled down the slide?

P.S. How was the cruise?!

fyrchk said...

I'm fat. I don't have kids and I would do what I could to make sure that I'm not letting them become obese, but I'm still fat.

Fatty McFat Fat.

Sassy One said...

I see a lot of fat kids as a teacher. I am with you in saying it's the parents who are to blame. It seems to be the same kids who are not active in any sports after school and who watch a lot of tv/play video games. They are learning nothing about healthy living by example. What I say goes in one ear and out the other, because it's not valued at home.
Don't even get me started on the lunches/snacks I see!

schmims said...

Not a hypocrite. You're not fat. You can eat that stuff as long as you're eating the good stuff too. I know when I was a kid, in school there was only the hot lunch and water or milk. The kids I coach can get other stuff so they don't have to pick the hot lunch and they also have coke machines.

I hate going to the mall. I'm so sick of seeing fat teens with their bellies hanging out of their shirts. While you're at the mall, buy a shirt that covers up that shit!

Miss Sassy said...

When you buy a funnel cake maker for your kitchen because the fair doesn't come often enough, THEN you can be a hypocrite =)

Jeannie said...

I'm not sure about genetic fatness - certainly there are people with slower metabolisms but they can still eat normal amounts of healthy food. I have a lot of obese people around me who moan and whine that they can't eat anything without gaining weight however, I notice they eat a lot of crap, often and compulsively. I am overweight myself but it is directly connected to the fact that I have overindulged. Period. I have to underindulge to lose it. My metabolism is normal. It is slower than when I was young. But I am less active. I do not burn as many calories. Frankly, I do not have the appetite I had when young either although I'll eat more crap and give in to cravings.
I had one fat friend as a kid. She ate more crap and was not as inclined to move as much as the rest of us. It was her way of handling stress.
There are few people who are excused for being overweight. It is not attractive. It does increase health risks esp diabetes and knee problems and probably back problems too. Lets face reality. Many of us just plain eat too much and have to smarten up.

Spider63 said...

Fat kids are sick and they need help. Growing up obese is like a death sentence. Obesity needs to be treated like a serious illness.

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