As part of Generation Z, it is interesting to read about the excuses that people have for “letting go.” At the high school level I think everyone knows that being obese is less attractive. No questions there, no excuses. Kids may acknowledge that they are fat, but they do not defend the rightness of it. Fat kids even joke about how unhealthy they are. In my school there aren’t that many really obese kids. The number one rule is never talk about it; even in health class. Sure you can talk about how healthy exercise and eating well is, but never talk about how unhealthy fat is.
On the subject of being able to do ballet even when you are heavy, I object. I started ballet when I was four years old and basically have been dancing since. Extra weight is extremely hard on the joints. I myself have knee, feet, and ankle problems without being obese. Posing doesn’t take much effort, but jumping, turning, being on pointe, and having high extensions are really difficult if you are fat.
Thank you, Eliza, for offering your insightful testimony against the charlatans preaching fat acceptance. The sly reference to Disney’s ode to Crowleyan satanism is icing on the cake.
I’m happy to report that some of my faith in humanity has been restored by the female commenters who have come out three to one against Cat Lady’s Healthy at any Size agitprop. It ain’t “distorted male standards of beauty” that young, intelligent women (two of whom are or have been ballet dancers) are having none of. It’s heart disease, cancer, and crippling joint damage.
The report that few of Eliza’s classmates are obese is doubly heartening. It’s a good bet that most of them have dates tonight.
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