Fattie Gossip

Resources and discussions for overweight women

The more you weigh, the less you’re paid! August 29, 2007

Filed under: Articles,In the News — FattieGossip @ 2:08 am

The more you weigh, could result in the less you’re paid. And it’s legal.

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Many companies are trying to cut costs, especially with health insurance and benefits offered to their employees.  The idea is, the larger you are, the more money you’re going to cost the company, because you’re more likely to be unhealthy, and hence claim more health insurance than your skinny co-worker in the next cubicle.

And now companies are determined to be one step ahead of you. Instead of suffering the inevitable consequences of your poor health and doctor bills (*sarcasm*), companies are collecting $10-$50 from each paycheck! Oh, it gets even better…their basis in determining who has to pay the fat tax? The proven to be ineffective BMI scale, (which was developed by insurance agencies, not doctors, by the way)!

But alas! The companies offer the fatties good news! As our BMI’s decrease, so does our fat tax, but don’t be fooled! If our BMI increases, so does the fat tax.

Is this some kind of government conspiracy to encourage the obese to lose fat, to in turn, gain fatter paychecks, and to overcome the “obesity epidemic”?

Should this be legal? Is this discrimination, or is this justified when viewing the best interests of your company, and the insurance companies? How would you feel having to log your BMI for your employer,when losing or gaining weight? The same thing is happening with smokers. In fact it’s completely legal to not hire someone based solely that they’re a smoker. This is the same idea…smokers are beleived to have more health problems, and hence will cost the company more money. Would you beleive this is justified for smokers? What’s the differene between it being right or wrong for an overweight group, and a smoker’s group?

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So I saw the movie “Hairspray” August 4, 2007

Filed under: Movies — FattieGossip @ 3:03 am

Now mind you, I have NOT seen the musical, and the original movie I had seen MANY moons ago, so basically I was going in with very little background info. on the movie/musical/lyrics, etc….

Now I went and saw this movie with a female friend of mine, who’s a very curvy girl, and a male friend with a bit of a belly. So none of us are skinny…

The movie is basically about “acceptance” for both overweight people, and in relation to the time period it was taking place in, acceptance of integrating white and black people.

Some of the lyrics were just shocking to me! Some of the lines were quite racist, but were meant to be in reflection of the character being a racist and against integration I suppose.

Since this is a fattie blog, I’m not going to address the racist lyrics, but rather, as my friend who viewed the movie with me, referred to it as, focus on the “Fatt-ist”lyrics.

Take for example:

“Once i was a selfish fool
Who never understood
I never looked inside myself
Though on the outside, i looked good!

Then we met and you made me
The man i am today
Tracy, i’m in love with you
No matter what you weigh “

And

” Bring on that pecan pie
Pour some sugar on it
Sugar don’t be shy

Scoop me up a mess
Of that chocolate swirl
Don’t be stingy,
I’m a growing girl

1 offer big love
With no apology
How can i deny the world
The most of me

I am not afraid
To throw my weight around
Pound by pound by pound
Because i’m
Big, blonde and beautiful ”

” Everybody warns
That he won’t like what he’ll see
But i know that he’ll look
Inside of me yeah,”

” You cant stop my happiness
‘Cause i like the way i am
And you just can’t stop my knife and fork
When i see a christmas ham
So if you don’t like the way i look
Well, i |ust don’t give a damn!”

My female friend was downright appalled and insulted. I was really suprise at how angry she was. My male friend was suprised to, but laughed it off by singing the lyrics above over and over. I on the other hand, wasn’t sure of what opinion to form, and I’m still unsure.

Have you seen the movie or the musical on stage? What do you feel about the overall message? The lyrics?