Would you like an apple pie with that?
There have been articles in the news lately where obese people are suing airlines for forcing them to purchase an extra seat. There was the Code Pink post on Two Babes that prompted the attention of someone pointing out the “discriminating” factors within the post itself and the comments from some readers.
You know, I have all the sympathy in the world for some people that are obese because of an illness, but I don’t see obesity itself as an “illness.” I see it as a choice.
I’ve reached an age where I must watch my food intake in order to fit into the clothes I have. The main reason I don’t overeat so much anymore is simply because I’m too damn cheap to go out and buy a new wardrobe to cater to my uncontrollable eating habit, which by the way costs more money as well.
So to save money on things like clothes, food, not to mention my overall health, I just don’t eat as much. Why is that such a difficult concept to grasp?
Growing up, I had an older brother that was obese because of an illness where the medication he took to stay alive caused him to gain weight. So I am fully aware of the impact that being obese has on a person and never in a million years would I do or say anything that would hurt those people.
Now take a person like the one posted on the Code Pink post who, granted may be overweight due to illness, but obviously has NO consideration for the people she may come in contact with, I’m sorry, but that’s just downright sickening! I’ve seen many overweight people who at least cover it up and try to present themselves decently.
Others I may not have respect for are those whom I see in the fast food restaurants plopping down to two full value meals and a supersized shake with an apple pie or two for dessert. If that person were to make an attempt at setting next to me on a plane and cause me discomfort in my seat, you bet I’m going to bitch!
Call me mean, cruel or whatever, but that’s just how I see it! It’s not a matter of conforming to the “standard” it’s a matter of having respect and consideration for those you encounter not to mention yourself!
There have been many times I’ve griped about seeing teens walking around with their belly’s blazing in full view, tits hanging out their top to here…and their cute little pink thong peeking out the top of their jeans. I find this offensive, intrusive and feel that if they want to flaunt their stuff, they should do so in places where it might not offend someone else.
I’m raising soon to be teenage boys for crying out loud. Don’t make it any more difficult on me than it has to be!
Lastly, I would like to point out my final gripe on this “indecent exposure” topic. While visiting a trade show recently, I encountered an Amish family. The entire time we were on the morning tour, I thought about how cute it was, grandma carrying around her toddler (possibly 2.5 years old) grandchild. Boy, was I in for a rude awakening come lunch time.
My husband and I grabbed our plates and a nice seat under a tree. When I looked up to speak to my husband, my eyes were caught by this woman whom I believed was grandma who was Obviously MOM at this point. While gnawing on a corncob with one hand, MOM was whipping out her saggy, gray boob with the other hand feeding this walking, talking toddler without one ounce of modesty or consideration for the hundreds of people around her.
I found myself just sick to my stomach and threw my entire lunch away.
I have NO problem with women who breastfeed their children, none whatsoever. But for crying out loud, don’t whip out your 50-year-old gray wrinkled boob while I am trying to eat lunch. That’s just not right!
Final thought – why must it be those of us who fit somewhat in that “standard” mold who accommodate those who do not? Should we be placed in the position of being infringed upon by those who lack modesty or respect for others and take it quietly? Does a person’s inability to say no to the apple pie give them a right to invade my seat on a flight I paid for?
Yes, I feel sorry for morbidly obese people, but not because they are overweight. I feel sorry for them because they don’t have the will or the self-respect it takes to keep their weight under control.