Verboten Logo Spring Summer
OPINIONS
Not enough for ya? Here's another morsel from the noodles of greatness.

  

Fat Acceptance?

1329 views

Credits: Winston Smith

While I was driving the other day, I heard an old Blues song [1] on the radio with the line They call me Big Mama because I'm 300 pounds.... And my first thought was Big Mama Thornton would probably need to be at least 450 pounds today in order to get that nickname.

Now I'm exaggerating (a little), but the reality is that in Canada, obesity is a growing problem. In 1971, only 9.7% of adults (aged 20-64) were obese. [2] By 2014, that number had grown to almost 19.4%. [3] Although the numbers are different in other developed economies, the trends are essentially the same. And before the SJWs out there get their panties in a bunch and think that I'm only calling women land whales (sorry to any actual whales reading this), when you break the numbers down, 21.5% of men in Canada are obese compared to 17.4% of women.

Since these figures are based on the BMI, they overestimate the size of the problem a little (former Calgary Stampeder and WWE wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, for instance, would be considered overweight if not obese). And yes, there are some people with legitimate medical conditions which promote weight gain, but those are special cases and certainly aren't responsible for all 75% of the population.

Now I'm all for people being free to do what they want. Although just the thought of Wendy's Triple Baconator gives me palpitations and I'd never eat one (though I do enjoy the occasional piece of cake), I'm not going to tell you what you should or shouldn't be eating---you're an adult and [presumably] capable of thinking for yourself. And if you want to eat so much that you affect the tides, more power to you. Just don't expect me to be happy that I have to pay for your eventual bypass surgery. (And if you're a woman, don't expect me to fuck you---no matter how much alcohol is involved---because you've got a great personality. You may be a great person and make a good friend, but my dick doesn't get hard from personality.)

Big Mama Thornton was a progressive artist with a great voice. And at 300 pounds, Big Mama Thornton certainly would have been noticed for her size in the 1950s. But in the 2010s, she'd just be another blob in the crowd. And that's really too bad, because while "Twiggy Thornton" sort of has a ring to it, the name really doesn't have the same connotation of "Big Mama", and her talent would probably be overlooked today---all because she'd be considered "average" size.

[1] "They Call Me Big Mama" was released in 1953.
[2] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1038/oby.2002.90/epdf
[3] http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a47


If you want us to know you stopped by, visit our featured content and we get a little bit of ad revenue.

Verboten Feature
These are posts distributed for broader viewership; could be anything from our catalogue past or present. Will open in a new tab.
Production being based on opportunity relies on external reactions to create a cycle. Even the fastest machine often finds itself waiting.Why Artificial Intelligence Will Never, Ever Destroy The World
Production being based on opportunity relies on external reactions to create a cycle. Even the fastest machine often finds itself waiting.



Verboten MindsVerboten GabVerboten RSS Feed
 



INFLUENCES
Don't expect these influences to perfectly agree with the content in our site. We don't speak for them, they've already spoken quite well for themselves; we simply hope you will study these Extraordinary People further.

Milo YiannopoulosAn increasingly popular gay activist and provocateur,

Milo Yiannopoulos

is a special sort of brit who has graced several university campuses recently, only to be attacked and smeared by regressives.


About Milo Yiannopoulos
Cartoons | Books | Opinions | Articles | People | Magic
Oh Canada, Our Home And Native Land.


© 2016-2017 Verboten Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.