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Stereotypes and The Fat Mentality

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I knew this was going to be the topic of my first blog (not counting about myself). There seems to be this perception that since we are awesome sized we must be X, Y, and Z.

I hate stereotypes. I thought I could cover some of my “favorites” and share my thoughts on them. 🙂

“Fat adults were once fat kids” Well I was a fat kid. I was, no getting around it. I knew girls that were very skinny in school that are no longer, same in the reverse. Things change, your life changes, your body changes. It happens.

“Fat people don’t get laid” Now that I am done laughing at this, maybe I can come up with a comment. Mostly still laughing. I think this is a ridicules statement. Sex is natural. It doesn’t matter your size, race, religion, it is normal. My size has never been a factor for me. The flip side of this, fat people will have sex with anyone that is willing. Not even close. I have turned down a lot of men. We are not dogs that take any scraps we can get. Though that is another topic all together. I will get into that on another blog.

“Fat people don’t exercise” I don’t have a regular exercise routine. I walk a lot of stairs for work. I go up and down them a lot. My job can be very physical at times. But that is me. I know people of all sizes that have exercise routines. Again, size is not a factor. People vary.

“Fat people don’t diet” You don’t want to know how many diets I have been on. Some have been healthy, some not. Again, it varies.

“Fat people only eat fast food “ I hate McDonalds. There is nothing on the menu I really like. There are things I can tolerate, but it is far from my first choice. Again, this vaies so much person to person.

Ok, I think the theme to all of them so far has been, it varies person to person. No two people are alike.

Here are some of the others I found that I am not going to go into.

Fat people are uncontrollable eaters

Fat people aren’t healthy

Fat people make poor employees

Fat people are stupid

Fat people smell

So onto the inspiration for this piece. It is a blog call “The Fat Mentality” by DC Hero. I had to read it multiple times before I could get through the whole thing without screaming too much. Wow. He portrays some serious dislike for people who are awesome sized (he has a lot of other terms for it though).

To Quote DC Hero, fat mentality is “an attitude of failure most often seen in fat people, but also seen in others.”

Here is his list of traits for people with fat mentality:

1. They draw attention to themselves in a childish way
2. If they get the aforementioned attention, they don’t have the composure to handle the spotlight
3. The spiral is simple: instant gratification, excuse, failure. Cheating on a diet to eat a pint of Chunky Monkey is a microcosm of the larger and more pervasive Fat Mentality.
4. Inability to deal with complex emotions, largely because they haven’t had much experience with them. Let’s be honest here, Fat People haven’t felt the same dizzying highs and lows of love as the rest of society. Skinny FMIs also find themselves in this situation.
5. Nonsensical deep sentimental attachments to movie characters, television shows, and animals. FMIs tend to place these things above their relationships with those around them. I would like to believe this one isn’t true.
6. Nonsensical deep sentimental attachments to movie characters, television shows, and animals. FMIs tend to place these things above their relationships with those around them. I would like to believe this one isn’t true.

I don’t see any of this being a “Fat Mentality.” I see this as a human mentality. It could be anyone, no matter the size. These are things people may be trying to work on. Pointing them out, making fun of them, berating them, does not help them make themselves a better person.
His full blog can be read at: http://dchero.wordpress.com/2008/06/11/the-fat-mentality/

Instead of me going on and on, I want to hear your thoughts. What have you encountered? What did you do? Share and get other opinions.

Also I would love to hear topic ideas from you. I have a list of ideas but I want for from you.

Thanks again for following my blog.