Have you ever wanted to see grown people dressed as mice teach you about fatness and how to take control of your genetic legacy? I know I haven’t! Ummm yeah… and I still don’t…. thanks…
This professor from the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (UK) thinks that UK fatties could benefit being told about the dangers of fatness through drama. Nope… that’s not condescending at all! Everyone knows that a) fat people don’t know that they are fat, b) fat people are ignorant of the “risks” of fatness and c) fat people have no clue that eating healthy and exercising will make them un-fat! Silly fatties.
Since fat people are so super-dense and otherwise willfully ignorant, come and see the info-tainment! (barf) Okay, so the play’s focus is really about heart health, but since we all know that fat is smothering the hearts of fatties world-wide, fatness is a big topic of the drama. *headdesk* Cuz you know… fat people are so lazy and hedonistic that the only way to get through to them is through butchering old pop hits and having people dress as mice to teach them how fat is so unhealthy.
Try on this musical pearl for size:
Epilogue: To the tune of 500 miles- by the Proclaimers
If you’re a fat man, your cholesterol’s gonnae rise, with athero-sclerosis next for you,
If you’re a fat man, then your insulin’s all wrong, and it’s diabetes coming after you,
If you’re a smoker, and you’re partial to a fag, then it’s possibly the worst thing you could do,
If you’re a smoker, and the Big C doesnae get you, then a heart attack is second prize for you.
But if you could eat your five a day
And walk or jog a mile or more
And from sweet stuff could you stay away
You live an extra 10 years more
You’d be thinner, you’d be thinner, you’d be thinner, you’d be thinner
You’d be a bloke who doesnae need a bra.
Eat less dinner, eat less dinner, eat less dinner, eat less dinner.
You’d get it up without needing Vi-ag-ra
Yay! They have managed to put-down fat men by showing how fat makes them more femine (bra & viagra) and assume that fat people don’t eat healthily or exercise at the same time! A biggotted masterpiece!
Well, golly-gee, mr. smart professor, I have known lots of fat people who have put in years of effort into improving their diets and exercise and they’re still fat. In fact, the diet industry that is supposed to save us from our own gluttony has been proven to make people fat. How about having the mice sing about that? How about the health risks of weight cycling (yo-yo dieting)? How about the fact that it is in fact HEALTHIER to be a stable fattie than to have your weight go up and down through failed diets? 99% of diets do fail after-all…
It’s stupid stuff like this that made me feel (and many of my fat friends as well) that a healthy lifestyle was pointless, because if I wasn’t thin, then I could never be healthy. Since my body simply doesn’t want to be thin (as proven by 15 years of dedicated dieting and “lifestyle changes”), then I must be willfully ignorant or stupid and otherwise a gluttonous sloth… because I wouldn’t be fat if I exercised and didn’t live on Cheetos right? *headdesk*
Do some fat people live unhealthy lives? Sure! Guess what? Thin people do too! If a fat person ate better and exercised more, would they lose weight? Maybe or maybe not… but their health certainly would improve. No matter what the song says, a healthy lifestyle doesn’t necessarily correlate to thinness and neither does health.
How about a play about a courageous fat person who deals with all the myths that they are fat because they are gluttonous slobs, but they still have the fortitude, self-love, self-trust and courage to exercise and eat well and LIVE LIFE ANYWAY? Now that would be ground breaking. Condescending mice… not so ground breaking, I’m afraid.