I’m pretty skinny and I eat enough junk food for about 3 people. I’m one of those people that can open up a thing of cookies and be done with them by the end of the night. I probably eat more crap food than good food. I get comments like “I can’t believe your teeth haven’t rotted out of your head”* or “it’s gonna catch up with you someday” or “you must have the metabolism of a chipmunk”. Most of the side of the family that I took after is pretty lean though, I think I’m just lucky. I was skin and bones through high school and have filled out a bit as I got into my late 20’s and 30’s. I was 120 in high school and at 34 I think I’m 140. I’ve always been one of those people that can’t put on weight if I try, I can also eat really really ‘good for you food’ and not lose weight.
I remember one day hearing or reading a comment that making fun of people for being fat is just as bad as making fun of people for being skinny and I couldn’t agree more. I got so effin sick of people telling me how skinny I was in grade school and high school. I did everything I could to put a few more pounds on. I always compared myself trying to put weight on to an overweight person trying to shed weight. Try as I might it just didn’t happen. Even now, if I knew it wouldn’t just go right to my belly, I’d love to have 10 or 20 more pounds and while I probably will eventually put that weight on (eating the way I do), it’ll probably take 10 years.
But I digress.
Anyways, let’s keep in mind, that guy was drinking a half a gallon of coke a day. That’s a lot of coke. I don’t think commercials should have to put overweight people in their ads because some people over indulge. I really don’t think they should have to put overweight people in their ads because some people over indulge to prove a point. Should soap ads say ‘you won’t be as hot as her if you use our soap’ and ads for cameras say ‘it’s the photographer, not the equipment that’s important in taking a good picture, don’t think buying this expensive camera will make you take good pictures’.
Almost everyone falls for the camera thing at some point, but we don’t warn people about it. Not that it’s a perfect comparison, but I don’t think we should have to warn people that drinking 10 cans of soda a day might make you pack on a few pounds. The nutritional facts are there. The guy in the article, if I did my math right, drank 25 pounds of sugar in a month, WTF did he expect to happen. Wow, mind blown.
*I usually just roll my eyes at them and say ‘ya know, I do brush my teeth’.