Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘fat’

 

It appears that our society is becoming a little… how do you say, backwards?  Recall that in the past, the rich were fat and the fat were rich.  Just think about King Louis VI of France… also known as King Louis “the fat.”  He was the king of France… of course he was fat.  That was then… and now… let’s take a moment to think about President Obama.  Obama is like modern day King Louis- man of power and owner of lots of moolah.  But…………… Obama isn’t fat.

In the olden days, having wide hips and manhandles were signs of wealth and power because the poor could not afford to eat… eat anything.  And so the poor people starved on the streets, fighting for crumbs of bread.  But royalty ate feasts almost every night, and in turn, all those calories went straight to the waistline (and hips for the ladies).  Sure we only have paintings of royalty in the past, but I’m betting that those paintings are pretty accurate.  With that said, the kings pretty much all had hefty beer bellies and the queens had waists and hips way larger than the rest of their body (enough to make them look sort of disproportionate).  Plus, all those naked paintings they used to paint show that these women, in fact, had rolls of fat jiggling underneath their poofy dresses and corsets.  Women today scream at a pinchable belly, but ladies in the past flaunted it.  I bet some ladies ate like beasts to show off their statuses.  But how nice it must have felt… to eat anything and everything- no critiques- and still be considered sexy.  The rounder shape on a woman also signified fertility, which was a plus for most wealthy men who wanted to carry on the family name (almost every man…).

Ok… but things have changed.  It is now the 21st century and there is in increase in demand for thinness.  Fat is a no no, and a slim figure is better.  In fact, the slimmer, the better.  The reason for this change is organic food.

Yup… a simple answer of organic food.

Organic food is expensive because it takes more effort to grow and make food naturally than to just add fatty oil and chemicals to create food.  Since organic food is expensive, only the wealthier portion of society can afford it.  And THIS makes the wealthy thinner these days.

The poor people can afford food nowadays, an upgrade from the French Revolution era when the poor could afford nothing but a crumb found in dirt.  Cheap quality food- also known as fast food- is very affordable now.  So the poor eat… but they eat trash every day, turning their bodies into a disposal for oils, fat, cancerous food chemicals, hormones, etc.  I mean, “you are what you eat,” right?

So we have a reversal in society.  The wealthy are getting thinner and the poor are getting fatter.  We are moving to the extremes of both ends.  On the fat end, there are people who are massively obese… to the point where they have to worry about not waking up from a nap and need wheelchairs to assist them in walking.  Let’s face it… this is very unhealthy.  On the skinny end, we have models sticking fingers and toothbrushes down their throats to force food back up and into the toilet bowl.  But let’s be clear that the food that is being forced up is organic greens…

And then we have some in-betweenies floating around- the people who are spending more on organic groceries but saving everywhere else in order to pay for the organic goods.  And finally we can’t forget the rich who can afford the organic groceries in addition to maintaining their health and fitness with physical trainers.

Wow… our society sure has a lot of divisions when it comes to food.

Read Full Post »

Once you enter East Asian entertainment, it is a whole different world.  That is, in terms of body and weight… an extremely sensitive issue in America.

America has always been one to abstain from criticizing people about their weight and body shape.  In fact, there are many famous plus sized entertainers.  For instance, we have Queen Latifah and America Ferrera, among other plus sized stars.  Even on shows, like American Idol, we make it a point not to judge contestants by their size, but rather their talent.

In Taiwan, there is a singing competition show called 超級星光大道 One Million Star, which is like the asian version of American Idol.  Last week was the premiere of Season 6 and many, many people auditioned for the show.  One contestant was slightly out of shape (at least by Taiwan standards) and was told to lose weight if she wanted to continue competing.  I was shocked.  How can a judge say that to the poor girl on camera????  And there was even a specialist telling her how difficult it would be for her to lose weight (that’s right, I’m talking about Roger).  I thought the girl would be angry and retaliate.  Instead, she said that she knew and was already on a diet.  This happened at least twice more on the airing (including one girl that was on the 11/13 episode).

As it turns out, this is fairly… natural in east Asian countries.  Natural that you have to have practically a size 0 waistline and be wholesomely small and petite.  Maybe it’s the fact that I’m an ABC and don’t get it, but seriously, like why does every girl have to be so small and skinny?  What’s wrong with a little shape and curves on a girl’s body?

In a way, this idea explains why so many female Taiwanese stars are so skinny.  Compared to these Taiwanese girls, American entertainers are “fat.”  For example, Scarlett Johansson is considered skinny here, right?  Well, she would be dubbed “too fat” in Taiwan and other east Asian countries.  Here are examples of what the Taiwan industry would say is the perfect body shape and size.  Keep in mind that the camera usually adds 10 lbs…

Yes.  I know.  They are indeed the dream size we all wish we were.  Even if I lose 30, 40 lbs, I could never match their body size.  *sigh*  Well, actually, personally I like the healthy look.  Imagine when Brooke Shields was a young, teen model.  That’s what I want to look like.  It just disappoints me to see stars succumb to the business by losing tons of weight.  Just take Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan as examples.  In the asian world, I’m very disappointed in 林依晨 Ariel Lin.  She was my idol because she was the exemplary size.  She was skinny, but not to the point of being just bone.  I guess you can say she used to be chubby.  But recent pictures of her show that she has turned into another skinny Taiwanese girl.  What made her lose the weight?  I have no idea.  But the Taiwanese industry certainly won’t question the lost, they probably embraced her newfound “skinniness.”  Another girl to accept into their circle of “skinny bitches.”  And please don’t get me wrong, I love the music these people make and they have great personalities, but I just think the body image message they are sending out is just inappropriate.

This is 林依晨 Ariel Lin before (notice how she is skinny, but not as skinny as the other girls you saw previously) :

林依晨

Ariel Lin

林依晨

Ariel Lin

林依晨

Ariel Lin

林依晨

Ariel Lin

And here is 林依晨 Ariel Lin recently:

林依晨

Ariel Lin

林依晨

Ariel Lin

林依晨

Ariel Lin

林依晨

Ariel Lin

Please think about this.  Body image and self-content with it should be totally up to you.  Do not let the media or society influence how you look, or how you view yourself.  Feel comfortable in your own skin, and do your body a favor.  That’s all there is to it.

Read Full Post »

My question is HOW in the world did Jessica Simpson get skinny so quickly?????  It was about a month or so ago that I found out that Jessica gained weight.  And just recently, I saw on a magazine cover that she had lost weight and was back to her old weight again.  Last time I checked, people don’t lose weight that fast.  Losing a lot of weight is a difficult thing and sometimes people can’t handle it anymore and resort to eating again!… And then gaining more weight!  I’m having my doubts about Jessica’s “weight loss solution”.  Honestly, I believe she starved herself.  That is the only way a person could lose weight that fast.  If you take a look at the photo I included above, you’ll see a comparison of Fat Jessica and Skinny Jessica.  You see all the fat she trimmed off of her body?  EXACTLY.  How does one shed fat off so easily?

She’s taking the media on a roller coaster. *rolls eyes* This whole weight gaining/losing thing is pissing me off these days.  It seems like it’s all the media talks about… “blah blah blah… ___ lost weight, is she anorexic???” or “______ is fat!”  Who cares if they gain or lose weight????  It’s their issue so let them deal with it!  Jeezzz…

Read Full Post »