Are fat people really happy?

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-02-2008
Are fat people really happy?
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Sun, 07-28-2013 - 9:44am

Can fat people be really happy or do they just pretend to be happy because we are all supposed to love ourselves no matter what size we are? And what happens when unhappy fat people get thin, are they suddenly happy?

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-28-1999
Thu, 09-19-2013 - 1:59pm

I have an old friend from high school (male) who is middle aged now and he is very fat--and seems quite happy.  He's actually a professional comedian.  He did suffer through a tragedy 2 yrs ago of having his DD die in a car accident.  Obviously that affected him much more than being fat.  Everybody in his family is pretty fat too.  I never really watched the Honey Boo Boo show but her mom seemed pretty happy (and remarkably sane about their sudden fame) even when she was fat.  But I'm sure there are many fat people who are unhappy about their weight and are unhappy becuase of it.  *Ironically I have read about people who lose a lot of weight and are still unhappy because they have trouble adjusting to their new looks and still see themselves as the same fat person inside.  So I don't think one necessarily has to do with the other.  I know thin people who are pretty miserable.

Community Leader
Registered: 01-04-2004
Thu, 08-08-2013 - 3:05pm
i really like mlk's response but i do understand where you're coming from. i know plenty of fat people who think they won't be happy until they lose a lot of weight, and plenty of thin people who miserably monitor everything that they put in their mouths. personally, i think you have to find a weight that you can live with; if you exercise most days of the week and eat healthy food most of the time and your numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.) are within the normal range, then who cares what size you are or what the scale says?
Community Leader
Registered: 01-04-2004
Thu, 08-08-2013 - 2:56pm

nicely done, mlk :)

Community Leader
Registered: 12-21-2001
Tue, 07-30-2013 - 4:16am

Remember the song-If you're happy and you know it clap you hands...? Nothing is said about weight or lack of it.

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