I second that.

(from Laugh It’s Free Facebook blog via JBB )


22 thoughts on “IS FAT REALLY THE WORST THING … ?

    1. No. To read some magazines etc you would be forgiven for thinking that all sorts of food are out to poison you. I think that is a disgraceful attitude, especially when there are people starving. We should eat simple food in a balanced diet and give thanks!


      1. I think back to my childhood in Christchurch, and the good food we had to eat. The only takeaways then were fish and chips. We had our own vegetable gardens, fruit trees, egg-laying hens,home baking, fruit bottling etc.There was little technology, valve radios to listen to radio serials,no television, went to the movies on Sat morning or afternoon. Used the bus or our bikes.Played sport at school. We were well fed healthy kids who went to the beach and the rivers in the weekend. No obesity those days. I was just a skinny kid.


      2. I suspect the enormous increase in fast food and choc, sweets etc together with more spending power and a culture that says ‘I want it now’ are all to blame for the ease with which we now put on weight. Plus, no doubt, a lot of other things!

        Like you, we ate good wholesome food grown by my Dad and cooked by my Mum and no spare pennies for treats. We were not allowed to eat between meals and we had to clear our plates!


      1. No, but obsession about weight is endemic amongst schoolchildren, and to have a favourite author championing the things that are really important in life would, I hope, help some kids at least to gain a broader and more healthy perspective.


      2. As you say, this saying has been uploaded to facebook, I trust, therefore, like you, enough people of all age groups will see it and take the meaning on board….I think it’s called a headsup. One, hopefully, that will be highlighted from time-to-time, and remembered.


      3. The problem of body image amongst young people needs tackling, in my opinon, in all sorts of ways by a range of people. I think Gok Wan is doing an excellent job.


      4. :)) I know what you mean! But yes, he’s doing something very important with body image, and goes around schools to challenge the assumptions kids are making. And of course they listen to him because he’s ‘famous’. He has also had body image issues himself which makes him doubly convincing. I am glad he’s tackling it because the self-harm culture worries me.


      5. I wonder just how much of what we call a self-harm culture is one. I accept that there is a lot of stuff out there about body image, fame, and so on, and mixed messages around that. Yes, there is bulimia and anorexia. A lot of the self harms that are talked of in public as being about body image, relate deep down to other issues and demonstrate as self harm. Some are not and are what you see. Everything gets lumped together in the public eye….we know no better. It is a very specialised area. Many self harms cut across all age groups, genders and groups. They do not present as eating disorders, some, not as many as we are led to believe, do.

        Whatever the numbers, one is too many.


    1. Virtue is not a word one hears much these days Kathryn, more’s the pity! No doubt it needs to be ‘re-branded’ before people realise it is a good and important quality.


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