Apparently some people really enjoy being fat. There are a number of bloggers who call themselves “gainers” and document their quest to get fatter. One blogger named Peter is 5’8″ and 250 pounds, and he is trying to gain more weight. He has said:
“I love how my weight feels when I run, falling and shaking my body shortly after each step… The only thing I love more than being fat, is getting fatter.”
Uhh… He has also explained that “it feels natural to be fat”. I don’t know about that, but I have experienced weight gain myself, and it was all natural. I didn’t have to take any supplements or follow any special non-workout routines. It just happened.
Peter has also said:
“I talk with many men who are much larger than I am, about their bodies and why they grew so large. They talk about the satisfaction of being full like some people talk about how good they feel after a hard workout or something. Being fat is just what makes them happy.”
Here’s where I think he’s confused (among other things) — I can understand the satisfaction of being full. When I demolish a pizza buffet and then sit around talking with my friends, it feels good. That feeling does make you happy. But being fat doesn’t make me happy. That’s the difference. I’m slightly overweight because I love to eat, but I don’t like being fat. I enjoy playing sports, and hiking, and being able to go places that require walking, without being out of breath all the time.
It’s possible to eat a lot and not be fat, if you maintain a high metabolism. Then you get to enjoy eating AND enjoy physical activities. I realize some people may not care about physical activities, so being in good health may not matter so much to them. But when people get to the point that they get out of breath from tying their shoes, I don’t see how that’s enjoyable. And then there’s the added health issues of being obese, which aren’t fun at all.
So my conclusion (not that you asked, but you’re still reading), is that it’s not fun to be fat. But it is very enjoyable to eat, as evidenced by the numerous food conversations we have had here on this blog, particularly our Buffet o’ Bacon series.