Living in an Alternate Reality
Today in articles that make you want to throw things (via skepchick) we have this article . Warning the contents of the linked article have been shown to increase the risk of high blood pressure among fat acceptance advocates.
To begin the article starts off with a quote, a quote about the most offensive sounding diet book I have ever fucking heard of:
“If you’re fat, it’s your fault. Stop blaming food companies and diets and look in the mirror. You’re the problem. You’re the solution. Grow up, get tough and fix it.” –Steve Siebold, author of “Die Fat or Get Tough: 101 Differences in Thinking Between Fat People and Fit People.”
That’s right people, we’re fat because we aren’t tough enough or something. Since I thought it would be great if I got NO work done this morning I looked up more about this ridiculous book, an article here gives us this info:
As one of the top-ranked motivational speakers presenting to fortune 500 companies on the topic of mental toughness, he decided to “get tough” himself. In just 12 weeks, Siebold shed 40 pounds and his waist shrunk to a size 32. Today he’s in the best shape of his life and so eager to share his success with anyone struggling to lose weight – he wrote a book about it.
Some chapters from Die Fat or Get Tough: 101 Differences in Thinking Between Fat People and Fit People include:
Fat people see themselves as failures.
Fat people are mentally unorganized.
Fat people quit easily.
Fat people see themselves as victims.
· Fat people lack hope
It seems pretty clear to me that Seibold is confusing his own experience with self loathing and fat, for a universal experience. Just because he was a giant loser who hated himself and was lazy and unhealth and then got fat doesn’t actually mean that that is how it works for all fat people. Some of us were always fat. Some of us like working out. All of us think you are an idiot.
From the first article:
So Siebold applied his tough love approach to obesity and wrote what he called the “Fat Loser” workout. He lost the weight and says if he can do it, so can you.
From the book’s webpage:
this book pulls no punches. If you’re emotionally sensitive or easily offended, this book is NOT for you! If you’re FAT, this book is going to rattle your cage and make your blood boil! And it should. Get ready for a 2,000 volt cattle prod to your consciousness. If the feel good, easy way to weight loss was working, you wouldn’t be FAT!
OH I get it, I can MAGICALLY WHISK MY FAT AWAY by HATING MYSELF. This guy is obviously unaware of the fact that many fat people already hate themselves. If self hatred and abuse caused weight loss there would be no fat people. (And lucky for us it seems like you can get both self hatred and fat from your parents! It’s nurture AND nature!)
Btw, he’s so persecuted he must be right, he got death threats after he was on TV. I want to be very clear, I am not threatening to kill this man, I am saying that he is wrong. Deeply, horribly, unshakably wrong.
But I can’t do that, because Seibold is sure we’re just all stupid about our fat, or we would already have thought ourselves thin, right. The “best” part of the article follows:
But Siebold says overweight people are living in an alternate reality. When he asked those who were at least 50 pounds overweight and married whether their size affected their sex life, 90 percent said “no,” he said.
“That’s the level of delusion we found,” he said. “These people are smart and educated but delusional. Your husband doesn’t notice? Women would say ‘he loves me.’ I’d say, ‘Of course he loves you but do you think he’s just as attracted to you as when you were thinner?’ The delusions run so thick with this topic it’s unbelievable.”
His bottom line? The thinking is the cause. “Go to your doctor, get on a good diet and then do the work and get the result. The only variable is you,” Siebold said.
All those orgasms you’re having fat people, they are all in your head. And by fat PEOPLE I mean fat WOMEN, because everyone knows that only women are fat. (Which is a correlary to the other thing that everyone knows, which is that no one wants to nail fat chicks. )
It is true though, to an extent, some of us are living in an alternate reality from Seibold. An alternate reality based on science that shows that diets don’t work, and that fat is largely genetic. Sadly, not very many people live here right now, and the entire main stream media lives in Seibold’s world. But I like our reality better, here, we get to have orgasms.
I think this guy could be a serious contender to top Meme Roth as fatty enemy #1.