I don’t know how many of you have run across the site This Is Why You’re Fat in your travels around the internet, but I was mercifully unaware until this morning.
To save you the trouble of looking, it’s just picture after picture of extreme high-calorie foods, many dripping in grease. Some of these pictures do have a certain hypnotic quality to them in terms of ‘really? someone put those things together?’. Birthday Spam and Sushi, I’m looking at you.
The thing is, I’ve seen some of these foods before, though not many (and I admit I would totally try the Potato Tornado, which is a spiral cut potato deep fried on a skewer dusted with ‘tangy cheese powder’), and I’ve never actually eaten one of them. Nope, not the Krispy Kreme cheeseburger, not the six-layer chocolate ice cream cake ‘frosted’ in whipped cream and doused in caramel sauce, not the funnel cake the size of Kalamazoo… not one of them. Definitely not the Turbaconduckenriblets. That’s just… oh dear.
Most of the time I eat a pretty balanced diet, rich in fresh vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. Why? Because that’s what I enjoy eating. I was the kid who always requested spinach and fish on her birthday as a kid. If I’m going to go for a dessert, I usually want it not to be oversweet, and I want a nice texture. I’m not above junk food, but it’s not an everyday thing for me, and I still have my foodie standards. I will willingly go without rather than eat something that makes me slightly queasy when I look at it.
In fact, pretty much the only person I know who would eat more than two things on that site on a dare happens to be very thin. I’m certainly not saying that nobody who is fat would eat any of those things (Oh, Potato Tornado, I must resist your siren song until I find a source!). I’m just saying that fat isn’t all about food.
There’s genetics, activity level, medications and/or illnesses, history of dieting, and a dozen other factors.
So no, that’s not why I’m fat. It’s not the only reason anyone is fat.