Fat Or Fit Is Anyone A Medium Anymore?


A friend of mine owns a dance studio and she recently had her recital. She does one every other year (as anyone who has ever done one of these knows, they are major undertakings so to do one every year would basically mean that you're mentally ill. Well, this year's recital was yet another resounding success however my pal's biggest complaint was that the gals are all just so big anymore. (Yes, not every dancer looks like the So You Think You Can Dance dancers folks. I spent many a day teaching dance to fat four year olds in tutus back in the day.) But back to the show, apparently some of these gals were so big that one of the other children who came to the recital described the number they did from the new Broadway musical, "The Little Mermaid" as "You know, that dance where the...um...well, I guess, the whale was on the rock?" And so it once again began me thinking, where ARE all the mediums in the world? I go to the gym and see really heavy people or really fit people but are these the only two categories anymore? Fat or fit is anyone a medium anymore? - Don't Get Me Started!

I get why we're fat as Americans due to things like fast food, corn syrup in everything we eat and the glug, glug sized drinks everyone is walking around gulping big on but mostly I think it's because misery truly loves company. Why do you think that young girls are walking around wearing what become crop tops on them due to their fattitude with their "muffin tops" spilling over their jeans? It's not just because Hillary Duff (at three pounds) is wearing those kinds of shirts it's because somewhere along the way, all their heavy friends starting wearing them and we as a society have become desensitized to it. (Well, some of us. I still look at these people with a bit of shock and more than a little dismay) My theory is that yes, indeed we would jump off a bridge if so-and-so did it. Thus, it's okay to be fat and showing it off because after all, everyone else is doing it.

On the other side of the spectrum are the people who put whey (yes, spelled correctly from my perspective) too much into their pumping up, shaping and not eating carbs selves to the point where they look as if someone has given them Popeye blow up arms yet they don't have the strength to open a jar of pickles (mostly because their arms are so pumped up they can barely get them to come together - note: pickles, not sweet ones, are actually negative calories as your body actually burns calories as they're digesting them - please don't ask me how I know this kind of useless information). The thing is that all of these muscle people are a bit scary too with everything being so large the other way that they can't fit their calves into a normal pair of jeans. Or what about the really toned people who walk around with no body fat to the point where they look as though they're auditioning for The Bodies exhibit? (the one where they took dead people and skinned ‘em alive and call it art - it really is kids, I saw this exhibit and it's amazing)

So back to the original question, where are the medium people? And I'm not talking about the cheaters who have had their doctor place a ponytail holder around their small intestine or some other organ to stop them from being able to eat more than 3 ounces of chicken at a time. I know there must be some mediums out there but more often than not, when I go to buy clothes it's either the small sizes or the large sizes that are taken up anymore with plenty of mediums to go around. I guess that's a good thing considering I used to be a small but now that I've done my own fair share of eating and experiencing middle aged spread I'm definitely a medium so it works out for me I guess. But I urge you to look around and instead of asking where have all the flowers gone, ask yourself where have all the mediums gone (And I'm not talking about Miss Cleo). Fat or fit is anyone a medium anymore? - Don't Get Me Started!

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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle

Scott, where ARE the medium people?

By the way, there really is no such thing as negative calorie (or fat burning) foods. I wrote a hub all about this myth...nice idea though.

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somelikeitscott 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Stacie - Bummer about the calories thing...and here I was thinking I needed to go on an entire pickle diet!

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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle

Yeah, sorry about that. I know just how appealing an all pickle diet is.

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Chef Jeff 8 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

Well, don't count me as a medium, although I used to be when I lived in Spain - back in the days when Burger King and Mickie D's didn't exist there yet!

But as I grow older I am also getting fatter, so I am now living my life in the "fat lane".

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somelikeitscott 8 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Oh Chef Jeff, unfortunately we're all experiencing that - for my birthday this year all I want is metabolism!

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