I was just looking some SP articles (you know I've got to get my points everyday...
!) and one of them was talking about the difference between fat cells in the belly vs. fat cells in the butt. (Riveting...I know...
!) The thing is, there is a picture of a really big behind in some gray pants and that got me thinking...
(I refrain from my usual Beauty & Beast reference, but if you know it, go ahead it say it...)
I'm sure we've all seen the news stories where they're talking about health issues, especially obesity issues, and they show lots and lots of overweight people...tall ones, short ones, Black ones, White ones, young ones, old ones...they're equal opportunity, you know. They don't show faces, but they show everything else. They think that because they don't show faces, they're providing some sort of anonymity for the person that they're calling morbidly (read: grossly) obese. My question is this:
Do they really think that NOBODY recognizes those people?!
I always wonder how I would feel if I turned on the news and saw a figure my height, wearing my jeans and my long-sleeved striped shirt, with my white Nike's on walking in the neighborhood where I live or work, ESPECIALLY if they were talking about how fat and unhealthy I am...how I'm the reason healthy insurance costs are skyrocketing.
Maybe it would be sort of different if they truly just picked out people in totally undistinguishable clothing: one navy blue suit with a white dress shirt and plain tie can pretty much look like another; so can school uniforms. When I saw the news yesterday, they showed this girl with blue jeans and a black tank top with a pink and white skull and crossbones on it! You could see her long blond ponytail and the several bracelets she had on her wrist.
"Hey! Doesn't Becky (or Rachel or someone else I know by name) have a tank top like that? I'd recognize those bracelets anywhere! That's got to be her!"
I'd be mortified! The TV news crew would probably have a breaking news story: "Overweight woman goes "postal" at the news station for featuring her in a story on obesity without her permission. We'll have more details at 11:00!"
I think that's horrible! Just so inconsiderate! It makes me quite angry.
Is there any wonder why people like me don't like to go walking or...*GASP*...heaven forbid....JOGGING...in public? Some of us are already convinced that people are driving by or sitting on their porches laughing and/or pointing (I know they're not, but self-consciousness is a beast to get over!). Believe me, I go out and I do what I have to do any way...and I feel darned good about it most times. The thought of hidden cameras capturing my every jiggle and pasting it on the nightly news...UGH!! The next post you'd see from me would be titled: "Come On, Sparkies! Donate to Get Miss Pooh our of Jail!"