I don’t like going to restaurants. Buying clothes is absolutely no fun, and you can’t pay me to try to ride a roller coaster. What could cause me to be so self-conscious, you ask? Probably the fact that I’m a good bit over 300 pounds.Being a fat man in America is not cool. Especially considering that we get bombarded with as many negative reinforcements of body image as women complain about. I know for a fact that I get tired of seeing LL Cool J take his shirt off for no reason.
I’m also irritated by the fact that people want to “connect” with the struggles that fat people face by wearing a fat suit. That’s the biggest load of crap I ever heard. How can anyone learn about the stresses of the obese by wearing a removable suit? Wearing a suit for a day or two will not give you real insight into the life of an overweight person.
I know a lot of you are saying: “If you are so upset about being fat, then lose weight tubby.” I wish it was that easy, but I’m working on it. Part of my frustration comes from the fact every alleged miracle weight loss drug or diet plan only makes people fatter or kills them. There is really no way to lose weight without diet and exercise, and any commercial that tells you otherwise is a bald-faced liar.
With the diet industry (yes, it is officially an industry) making ridiculous profits, it is apparent that fat people across the country are desperate for a new way to drop some weight. Many try to use plastic surgery as a quick alternative to diet and exercise. That’s some more crap. All you end up doing is causing yourself unnecessary pain and the very real prospect of gaining even more weight back. Then, not only have you spent thousands on pointless surgery, but you end up being overweight again.
The point of all my ranting is that I struggle with my weight. I know that my health will worsen if I don’t lose weight. I’m making strides to drop a great deal of weight by the time I leave Grambling. What I don’t need is the general public reminding me that I’m fat, and I definitely don’t want to hear about some skinny person calling themselves fat or trying to understand being fat.