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(Mother Nature Network)   Yoga instructor purposely gains 40 pounds so she can have more compassion and understanding towards fat people. "As a yoga teacher, this could be considered career suicide"   (mnn.com) divider line
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2013-09-24 08:52:59 AM  
... aaaaand this is 'stupid' in what way...
 
2013-09-24 08:53:03 AM  
Yeah, that Christmas break when I did nothing but drink beer, eat food and play video games? Yeah I was just trying to have more compassion and understanding for all the fat people at the Christmas party. Yeah.
 
2013-09-24 08:56:52 AM  
Is this going to be a curvy-girls-in-yoga-pants thread?

Just curious.
 
2013-09-24 08:58:58 AM  
having experienced a form of psychological dependency recently, I have got a bit a bit more sympathy for fat people. not much though
 
2013-09-24 09:00:45 AM  
I'm just questioning our values - I learned that I value my physical appearance more than I could have imagined before this.

So she discovered she's superficial and feels better when she's fit. I wonder how she broke this to her fat friend?
 
2013-09-24 09:02:33 AM  
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2013-09-24 09:03:45 AM  
So her lesson was she didn't like being fat. I could have told her that.
 
2013-09-24 09:03:58 AM  
abhorrent gets it right.
 
2013-09-24 09:04:52 AM  

marius2: Yeah, that Christmas break when I did nothing but drink beer, eat food and play video games? Yeah I was just trying to have more compassion and understanding for all the fat people at the Christmas party. Yeah.


Tshirt, bumper sticker, wallpaper, et al; "I'm not fat, I'm just expressing my sympathy for other fat farks."
 
2013-09-24 09:07:11 AM  
Wasn't there a trainer that did the same thing recently because so many of his clients complained that it was a lot harder to work out when you are fat?
 
2013-09-24 09:09:10 AM  
Yeah, because most fat people are only 40 pounds overweight.
 
2013-09-24 09:22:47 AM  
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Is that even yoga?

Do you even do yoga in pairs? In bikinis?
 
2013-09-24 09:25:38 AM  

RalphW: Wasn't there a trainer that did the same thing recently because so many of his clients complained that it was a lot harder to work out when you are fat?


There was that one trainer who put on 70 pounds just to prove how easy is it to get into shape but everyone laughed at him for completely missing the point.

In the end it was just him pushing his book, making TV appearances and shilling out shiatty weight loss drugs.
 
2013-09-24 09:25:48 AM  

picturescrazy: So her lesson was she didn't like being fat. I could have told her that.


But, she found out that she really really really didn't like being fat.

You would have only told her that she wouldn't like being fat.
 
2013-09-24 09:32:42 AM  
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2013-09-24 09:34:08 AM  
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2013-09-24 09:40:56 AM  
They're having a "biggest loser" pool in my office. I thought about going on a binge and gaining 20 lbs just before entering just so I could lose it all back and win the pool, but I can't seem to gain a pound even though I'm stuffing myself silly with lots of deep-fried food and other high fat items. Guess I just don't have the fatso gene.
 
2013-09-24 09:58:57 AM  

Barnstormer: They're having a "biggest loser" pool in my office. I thought about going on a binge and gaining 20 lbs just before entering just so I could lose it all back and win the pool, but I can't seem to gain a pound even though I'm stuffing myself silly with lots of deep-fried food and other high fat items. Guess I just don't have the fatso gene.


It's usually the carbs and sugars that pile on more pounds than fat.

Of course, your own metabolism and daily physical routine also have their part to play.
 
2013-09-24 10:02:47 AM  

Barnstormer: They're having a "biggest loser" pool in my office. I thought about going on a binge and gaining 20 lbs just before entering just so I could lose it all back and win the pool, but I can't seem to gain a pound even though I'm stuffing myself silly with lots of deep-fried food and other high fat items. Guess I just don't have the fatso gene.


ha! I do that as well, but here's the thing though, I'm not fat to being with (120lbs) and I generally can only gain up to 130lbs via binging (beyond that requires effort). Yet somehow, out of an office pool of about 40 participants, I've "won" first place in the weightloss challenge 3 out of the 5 years I've been participating.
 
2013-09-24 10:20:41 AM  

J.Shelby: Or
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Wow, that is 40 pounds of ass right there!
 
2013-09-24 10:33:18 AM  

Barnstormer: They're having a "biggest loser" pool in my office. I thought about going on a binge and gaining 20 lbs just before entering just so I could lose it all back and win the pool, but I can't seem to gain a pound even though I'm stuffing myself silly with lots of deep-fried food and other high fat items. Guess I just don't have the fatso gene.


I considered doing this once, but couldn't get enthused about the project so stayed with my workout schedule and healthy eating habits.  I am a weird kind of lazy.
 
2013-09-24 10:56:31 AM  

Saners: RalphW: Wasn't there a trainer that did the same thing recently because so many of his clients complained that it was a lot harder to work out when you are fat?

There was that one trainer who put on 70 pounds just to prove how easy is it to get into shape but everyone laughed at him for completely missing the point.

In the end it was just him pushing his book, making TV appearances and shilling out shiatty weight loss drugs.


IIRC it turned out for him to be a good bit harder to lose than he thought, and he was surprised by how strong the hunger became.
 
2013-09-24 11:14:20 AM  
Neither exercise nor diet will help the Wal-Mart People

Something else is going on ..
 
2013-09-24 11:35:48 AM  

Clemkadidlefark: Neither exercise nor diet will help the Wal-Mart People


Yes.  Yes they would.  It might not fix everything, but as to the fat, yep.  Diet and exercise would make you a healthier, stronger person walking around in the middle of the day in your pajamas.
 
2013-09-24 11:58:38 AM  

fireclown: Clemkadidlefark: Neither exercise nor diet will help the Wal-Mart People

Yes.  Yes they would.  It might not fix everything, but as to the fat, yep.  Diet and exercise would make you a healthier, stronger person walking around in the middle of the day in your pajamas.


Sure they would, but the more interesting question is why don't they? Equivalently, what makes it so hard for some people? (I'm calorie counting with an iron fist to get away from a 45+ BMI, so I'm getting a kick).

The usual explanation is some variant of "people suck These Days", which I don't find compelling, since such complaints predate the written word. Also the research shows we porkers don't have any less general self-control than others (it's food-specific).

My pet theory: some combination of lifestyle shifts towards sedentariness, more "superstimulus" food, and some kind of genetic-environmental combo throwing off internal appetite regulation (porkitude correlates more strongly with birth parents than adoptive parents, so there's *some* genetic factor, but the correlation is not near 1, so it's not purely genetic).
 
2013-09-24 12:11:56 PM  

fireclown: Yes. Yes they would. It might not fix everything, but as to the fat, yep. Diet and exercise would make you a healthier, stronger person walking around in the middle of the day in your pajamas.


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2013-09-24 12:32:19 PM  
Given she now knows full well the lack of discipline and the constant overeating required to gain that much weight, she should have less sympathy, not more sympathy.
 
2013-09-24 01:04:46 PM  
I think there's a fundamental difference here;  she's going into it as someone with a healthy self-image, confidence, and potentially at least, awareness of what it's like to be a healthy weight, to eat healthy amounts, and so on.

This is a bit difference from just being fat, which is not a thing people just wake up with, but is a slow slide as an accumulation of poor decisions being enshrined as habit over a long period of time.  The article points out that her thoughts focused on her awareness of what it was like when she was not like that - not what the media as a whole displays as the perfectly sculpted flawless 'average' person.  Many fat people don't have that - they end up comparing themselves to mythical others, and they lack the self-awareness or confidence to define themselves by their own standards, rather than that of unrealistic media.

It's a cute publicity stunt, but it's somewhat akin to someone walking around in blackface to see what it's like to be black for a few days.  You'll certainly have some sort of unique experience, but to claim that you've shared the same experience and understand it as a participant is a bit of a stretch.

This just sounds like a publicity stunt to tap the wider potential market of the, well, literally wider potential customer.
 
2013-09-24 01:08:41 PM  

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Is that even yoga?

Do you even do yoga in pairs? In bikinis?


They can call it whatever they like, as far as I'm concerned...so long as they keep doing it.
 
2013-09-24 01:48:50 PM  

Savage Bacon: Barnstormer: They're having a "biggest loser" pool in my office. I thought about going on a binge and gaining 20 lbs just before entering just so I could lose it all back and win the pool, but I can't seem to gain a pound even though I'm stuffing myself silly with lots of deep-fried food and other high fat items. Guess I just don't have the fatso gene.

It's usually the carbs and sugars that pile on more pounds than fat.

Of course, your own metabolism and daily physical routine also have their part to play.


Maybe it's that tumor.
 
2013-09-24 02:05:01 PM  

Gaseous Anomaly: My pet theory: some combination of lifestyle shifts towards sedentariness, more "superstimulus" food, and some kind of genetic-environmental combo throwing off internal appetite regulation (porkitude correlates more strongly with birth parents than adoptive parents, so there's *some* genetic factor, but the correlation is not near 1, so it's not purely genetic).


My father is the son of two alcoholics, one of whom was of the raging raging variety who drank herself to death. All of his siblings fell into some kind of substance dependency whether it was alcohol or drugs. Dad prided himself in that he was able to drink in moderation and only did illicit substances a handful of times back in the 60s but he pretty much ate his feelings and fetishized food. Out of the 4 kids he had one of them became an alcoholic, another OCD/Neurotic (he only feels good or euphoria when he gets the kitchen just right), and two of us have food issues as well. My one sister is a "take it one day at a time" type of mantra only to back slide once in a while, usually when she can't make it to Cross Fit that week.

Me? I'm the Louis CK of the group in that I hate myself when I eat crap and vow I'll never do that to myself again only to find myself going down the wrong aisle at the grocery store and actively going against my brain that says 'don't pick up that dip. Hey, what did I just say? Did I say pick it up? No! Put it back now! We're at check out now... put it back... NO YOU WHORE! DON'T BUY IT! UGHHHHH WHY DO YOU HATE YOURSELF?!' I'm legit thinking that I may need to go to OA.
 
2013-09-24 05:54:45 PM  

fireclown: Clemkadidlefark: Neither exercise nor diet will help the Wal-Mart People

Yes.  Yes they would.  It might not fix everything, but as to the fat, yep.  Diet and exercise would make you a healthier, stronger person walking around in the middle of the day in your pajamas.


I dunno. Generally what you say is fact. But there's something altogether different going in the metabolism of somebody's whose legs are bigger than your body, whose gut is the size of a midget smuggler. Regardless of articles to the contrary I don't see how it is possible to consume 80,000 calories a day to grow that big and still have  normal bowel movement or normal urine output. I know the human body can absorb more abuse than we think but GD .. you would have to dedicate your every waking moment to shoveling food into your pie hole.

Then ... there's the question of $$$. Eye poppingly expensive to buy food on an industrial scale like a conveyor belt the mouth.

I just don't believe it, except in the rarest of cases. Ergo, something is really wrong metabolically and these folks are playing straight into it.
 
2013-09-24 08:40:19 PM  
Big deal...my ex is an aerobics instructor...and she's pushing 300lbs.
 
2013-09-25 02:31:06 PM  

docilej: Big deal...my ex is an aerobics instructor...and she's pushing 300lbs.


does more talking than showing?
 
2013-09-25 06:44:23 PM  
...AND that's why we divorced.

docilej: Big deal...my ex is an aerobics instructor...and she's pushing 300lbs.

does more talking than showing?
 
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