Sunday, January 29, 2012
Fit Fat - January 2011
While on the elliptical this morning at the gym, one of the TVs was on a sports news show. Of the two talking heads, one was the must-have female host. The two sat on a couch and bantered as they ran through the story line-up. The male wore the traditional tie and jacket, the female wore a modest sleeveless dress. They were somewhat animated as news show hosts go, and she used her hands and raised her arms up and down as she talked. I noticed that her arms were really cut, like muscular cut. Then I noticed that she actually had wider shoulders than he did even in his sport coat.
This reminded me, through a backdoor, of an article I read recently about Fat Acceptance. Most of you may know this, but there are actually real, licensed, civil rights associations whose mission is for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance. I was reading that with TV shows like The Biggest Loser, Molly and Mike (or something like that) which is a sitcom about fat people, an MTV scripted show about a Fat Camp the name of which I can't remember, and others that put fat people on the TV screen, it is becoming more acceptable to be overweight b/c we are getting use to seeing it. As a whole, we are becoming comfortable seeing people standing on a scale in front of millions in their sports bra and lycra bike shorts with rolls of fat pouring out over and under. Most of the articles that I am seeing about this Fat Acceptance movement are from 2010. Like many other things that we see and hear on TV - sex, violence, David Letterman - we just get use to it, and finally become complacent towards it. So, despite the efforts of our country to get healthier, as a whole, we are getting fatter b/c it doesn't bother us anymore. The fat are not just fat any more, they are morbidly obese.
On the other end of the scale, is the lady who was the sports anchor. I am noticing another trend and that is that the fit are fitter than they use to be. There is no in between any more, normal is not normal. To be considered in shape, one has to be ripped and shredded. So many people on TV, in mags, anywhere are just cut to pieces. It's almost not normal on the other end of the "scale." The fat are getting fatter and the fit are getting fit-er causing an even greater divide in the Health Wars.
Just an observation, no real opinion here. The only thing I will say is that in all the articles about Fat Acceptance that I read, they all went back to the fact that being overweight is never good. It should be fought off like any other issue that could cause harm to your body.