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1 Stefanie May 19, 2011 at 2:47 pm

That is just terrible and wrong and probably the most offensive thing I’ve seen. It’s sad that so many people buy into the bias that your figure is a direct correlation to what’s on your plate. We hear it and see it every day. I recently lost a little over 50 pounds, and while my new silhoette is still a work in progress I still feel just as self concious as I did when I was heavier. Like I still shouldn’t be allowed to buy a candy bar at the counter because “fat girls shouldn’t eat that.” It’s a battle I face every day and no one should have to.

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2 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] May 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm

it’s clearly biased that all overweight people are unhealthy eaters and all skinny people are healthy eaters. it’s just absolutely untrue.

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3 Tarasview May 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm

preach it sister.

I HATE that.

(says the girl sitting on her couch eating a blizzard)

but honestly it is just not true!! Plus it is just plain rude. Jerk.
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4 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] May 19, 2011 at 5:21 pm

dude. even skinny girls eat blizzards.

now, if i were to say that they all purged after eating the ice cream, that would be bad.

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5 Peggy Sue Brister May 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I think the graphic is meant to make a point. The fact of the matter is, fruits and veggies don’t make ppl fat. But cakes, cupcakes, fried chicken, french fries and all those foods that the graphic show DO make ppl fat. You can bet your ass if you see a gal that weighs 300 pounds, she is eating way more CRAP FOOD than she is good food. Your weight (in most cases) is directly related to the way you eat. What you eat and how much you eat. Ppl aren’t stupid. FAT makes you FAT. If you eat healthy your body and your weight will be healthy. That’s just common sense. No need to get pissed off. The graphic makes a valid point. And I think that’s all it was meant to do is show ppl the consequences of unhealthy eating.

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6 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] May 19, 2011 at 5:07 pm

the point of my post was that not EVERYthing fatties eat is bad food and not EVERYthing skinnies eat is good food.

i don’t feel the graphic is a valid point at all, just as representations of the “all-american family” is not a valid ideal.

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7 Murph May 19, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I love it when people completely ignore any and all genetic or medical factors and make gross generalizations like this.

So here’s the thing…what you eat definitely contributes to what your body looks like. Undeniably. And changing what you eat can make a difference. But where the photo (and you) are wrong is in believing that it’s a one for one match. As in “people who are skinny eat healthy and people who are fat eat shitty.” As if all bodies have the exact same standard body fat percentage and the exact same capacity to gain and lose weight in the exact same way.

Here are two examples: I have a medical condition called PCOS which causes a person to carry excess weight in their midsection and also makes it much harder for them to lose weight than the average person. I’m over 200lbs but as far as my insides are concerned the only thing unhealthy going on is a slightly elevated cholesterol. A friend of mine weighs approx 130, eats HORRIBLY, and drinks several sodas a day. Her doctors have told her that her internal health is akin to an overweight 50 year old (we’re in our late 20s). But by your logic since she looks great in a bikini and I rock the fat girl tankini she’s healthy and I’m not.

What you said was “if you eat healthy your body and your weight will be healthy” but what you seem to mean is “if you’re skinny you’re obviously healthy and if you’re fat you’re obviously not.” Which is bullshit. Yes those things are related but that absolutely does not mean that A always equals B. It’s that mentality that’s promoted by the photo and I believe that’s the issue Angie took exception to.
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8 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] May 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm

you’re awesome. the end.

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9 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] May 19, 2011 at 6:13 pm

i left the earlier comment before i saw your blog post insulting me.

now, i have a (slathered in BBQ sauce) bone to pick. i was just linked to your newest blog post where you refer to me several times as a “BIG girl.”

unfortunately for your readers, you didn’t link to me in your post, so they won’t know who you’re talking about. i’d love to have your readers know to whom you’re referring so they can see exactly what you’re talking about.

i, on the other hand, wish you would have used the same vitriolic language here in your comment directly to me rather than talking to the wall of the internet, thinking i’d never read your post. it would have been a more authentic you.

i see your post. i see you. you have insulted me.

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10 Sherry Carr-Smith May 19, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Yes, we know what makes people fat. We also know just as many skinny people who live on crap food and are less healthy than some of us curvy girls. Geez.
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11 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] May 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm

exactamundo.

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12 Y May 19, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Exactly, Sherry. My husband eats horribly unhealthy food and doesn’t gain a pound. (nor does he workout.)

The photo is fucking insulting.
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13 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] May 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm

patrick has the metabolism of a 14-year-old boy and counts ketchup as a vegetable. yet, he’s never been above 155 pounds in his life.

the graphic is insulting and inaccurate.

*high five*

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14 Meredith May 19, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I think I am more like the one on the left, but I eat like the one on the right. And then I see an actual photo of myself… And well, I have to down a cupcake to make myself feel better.

I’m kidding.

I actually have been trying to eat healthier, and I have been losing weight. But I am still not the one on the left. So the photo is actually not accurate – you just don’t know where someone is in that spectrum and why. Besides that, I also found out that I have a thyroid issue. So no matter what – I was going to have a weight issue until I got that fixed.

You just never know how someone became “bigger boned”. And really – WHY THE HECK DO WE CARE? THIS is the real problem. If you’re not a size 2 – some people treat you like shit! And that – is complete bullshit. I don’t think my ass size makes me a good or bad person, and I certainly shouldn’t be judged or made to feel lesser than because I am bigger than.

Sorry to go off, Angie. But it pisses me off as well.

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15 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] May 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm

right on, right on, right on.

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16 Wombat Central May 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I’ve known plenty of skinny girls who eat like crap. All the time!
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17 Maura May 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Yeah, it’s insulting, but it’s also how many “normal” people view “fat” people and how we got here. I try to take comfort in knowing that it doesn’t make them “better” people. 😉

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18 Julie May 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm

AMEN. And I clink my glass or oreo-eating-milk with yours. But, careful, milk can be healthy. So maybe my milk drinking hand is skinny and my oreo eating hand is fat and I look like some kind of creepy cartoon from the 80s. Thank you, benevolent graphic, for making diet and body image such an easy thing to define and categorize.

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19 Adrienne May 19, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Nobody but me knows why my body is shaped the way that it is. Nobody but me and my doctor know the state of health inside my body. Fat and health are not nearly as closely correlated as the general public believes them to be (see danceswithfat.com; Ragen is way better than I at unpacking the biases in research reporting).

Most of all, though, is this: fat body or thin body, we all get to own our OWN bodies. My body is my own business and graphics like this one just encourage people to go around judging and tsk tsk tsk-ing and acting, in general, like a bunch of blow-hard assholes.

And that’s not attractive on anyone.

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20 Mamachromatic May 19, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I guess maybe I eat too many cookies to be terribly offended. That and the way I see it, whoever created this is probably trying to piss you off. If it does, they win.

I say this as an over-200lb cupcake/ice cream/cake lover. I love broccoli, but I love it more with ice cream on top.

Aloha,
Mama 😉

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21 Dawn May 20, 2011 at 1:40 am

You rule.

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22 Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo May 20, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I like all the skinny girl stuff.

Dipped in aioli.

HUZZAH!
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23 Masaj erotic May 22, 2011 at 3:16 pm

A delicacy among blogs. I kept coming back for your excellent writing and clean designs.I like your style. You’re not afraid to dish it out all.:)

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24 Andrew May 23, 2011 at 2:20 am

I agree to some of it.
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25 Anna May 23, 2011 at 10:42 am

I’d rather be the right than the left – especially because of the weird pointy boob lefty seems to have.
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26 Nancy June 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm

The truth is hard for everyone one to swallow… those of us who are over weight and those who don’t understand how we can possibly stay that way.

Don’t get me wrong from what I’m about to write.. I do find the doctored photo offensive and it’s not the first one I’ve seen.

The food industry has not helped in keeping the nations weight problem down. Many people want instant satisfaction and therefore use the easy button by bathing boxed/canned/frozen prepared foods. And yes, I’m guilty as charged. I’ve spent most of my adult life overweight. Part of it is heredity but a good majority of it was from over eating and eating the wrong things. Granted there are those lucky few skinny girls that can get away with eating anything but that’s not the majority of us. Learning to cook things from scratch with less fats and salt and cutting a lot of sugar out of my diet has helped me a lot. I don’t drink soda or diet sodas the sweet tastes just push me to want more sweet tastes that I can live without. I still snack but I have lost a lot of weight over the last year and because I shed it slowly, I expect to keep it off. The other key is exercise one cannot burn calories sitting on one’s ass. Face it we are a nation of lazy people. I could go on but I’ll stop here.

Now listen up skinny people. It’s not as easy as you think to lose weight. There are health issues that may be causing some problems. Something I learned just recently is that fat cells grow and shrink… when they grow we are getting fat.. when they shrink we are loosing weight. But here’s the gist… when fat cells grow they also multiply… however, when fat cells shrink that’s all that they can do is shrink… you can’t get rid of the gained fat cells … EVER.

Underweight through to overweight folks need to learn to eat the proper balance of foods, the right types of foods for them, and in moderation. Thow in some exercise and your body may thank you for it.

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