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There are outliers, sure. But I would bet the majority of people who are overweight according to medical standards are NOT fit. Furthermore, people who are ARE fit but overweight by medical standards are usually visually fit - they are muscular or at least toned. There is a difference between a 180 lb fit person and and 180 lb fat person. I'm the 2nd thing and nobody would mistake me for being super in shape. Extra weight stresses your heart, your joints, your body systems in general.
There are studies that show that certain types of fat eg. visceral, are associated with the prevalence of certain diseases. Having said that, being overweight does not alway mean being out of shape. Some of the fastest, nimble and strongest people I know would be considered overweight medically.
I get that, I really do. And I realize my experience is probably skewed (in a good way - in my house, education and ambition were far more encouraged than anything to do with appearance, and it was a house full of women). But I also think that to assume that anyone on any perceived extreme (thin OR fat) is necessarily that way because they have some mental illness or pressure is wrong. You asked me if I thought skinny girls don't have body issues, or aren't pressured to be skinny, and I stand by my answer: not always. And furthermore, while fat shaming (or any kind of shaming) is bad, telling people that they can be healthy at any size is flat out wrong, too. Extra weight adds plenty of health problems, and to ignore that is just as wrong.
Steve, that was my thought exactly. KH, I would love to. This area being what it is, we would probably go to some dumb place with no cell reception (of which there are MANY in NM).
And, to assume that a girl (or woman) who is skinny has body issues/is only thin because of pressure to be so, is seriously fucked up. Some people are naturally thin and it's not a mental illness.
Luna, are you saying skinny girls don’t have body image issues and aren’t pressured to stay skinny?
I think men exist at the extremes. Either they'll say the most ridiculous thing is "nothing" (while limping around on a broken leg for two weeks before finally, grudgingly getting it checked out), or the most minor incident is the worst thing that's ever happened to anyone ever. As in, "Rasputin never had a hangnail like THIS. Just sayin'."
I can’t recall ever using the billboard phrase so I’m going to say Mary and I came up with it independently. And Mando, it could very well be that when your friend was a child she had to listen to her mother say “don’t eat that or you’ll get fat,” so she might have a complex about it now. Mental illness comes in many forms.
I dunno. I wish I didn't cry so easily. Especially when I'm tired (since I only slept about 5 hours last night, that will be today!) everything makes me cry. I was too tired to deal with a bath even, last night. By the time we got home from the boys' drum lesson, I just had enough energy to microwave some leftovers for my dinner, and watch some Will & Grace.

On Today In the blog Luna Tics
Your remark about ‘taking the easy way out’ reminds me of a conversation I once had when being interviewed by someone in relation to a state benefits claim. It wasn’t a medical examination – just a brief explanation of my background. For some reason, perhaps no more than an attempt to provide something to say, when I explained about my suicide attempt she said something along the lines you describe – I can’t remember her exact wording. I was too taken aback to think out a more caustic reply than the one I made, but it was certainly along the lines of what you say, though probably more scathing, like ‘You think it’s easy? You try it. Easy is carrying on.’ Yes, the outcome certainly can be the better of two possibilities; the act definitely is not.

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