Obesity and dating
The study is raising eyebrows among taxpayers’ advocates, who say the grant is a ridiculous waste of hardworking Americans’ money by an agency that constantly bemoans a lack of congressional funding for scientific research.“Has the government checked social media lately?
It doesn’t cost 0,000 to find out about teenagers’ dating drama,” said Douglas Kellogg, communications manager for the National Taxpayers Union.
Although I am sure she would have liked Aaron—everybody does—I know she would have urged me anxiously to push him to lose weight.
Fat looked ugly to her and when she referred to “problems” she didn’t just mean health issues. To her obesity made you a walking announcement of being out of order.
In the new book “XL Love” (Rodale), health-policy journalist Sarah Varney informs us that these negative effects begin surprisingly early for many, such as how overweight girls begin puberty younger than their healthy-weight counterparts.
“Some 15% of American girls now begin puberty by first or second grade,” Varney writes.
“If you were to say to someone on the first date, ‘I lost 220 pounds,’ you’re indicating that you had a very serious issue at one point and that you may still have that issue,” he said.
“So it’s not something I put on a dating profile because I don’t want people to judge me for it.”Indeed, the stigma of obesity is so strong that it can remain even after the weight is lost.
I recall my mother looking at an obese person we happened to pass on the street and saying, “Isn’t that terrible that your problems are visible for everyone to see.” I met my partner—let’s call him Aaron—about a year ago, several years after she died.
Of course, she was right about the health problems.
Maybe because I live in a time when more and more people are fat—several of my thin friends from childhood or our twenties are now obese—I don’t believe that everybody who is fat is more emotionally screwed up than the thinner person in the next cubicle.
Harsh, but true.'A third said: 'For me, looks aren't everything but they do play a part in whether I'll go out on a date with someone.
The most important thing for me is that they're not too fat and that we have the same interests.