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In some cases it's a mental illness. But it seems to be more widespread...case in point........
By:  P. Briscoe (Non running-dog anti-imperial anti-Bush unapologist name-changer; 22620)
Posted on: 04-09-2019 11:44.
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the reason I took that pic the other night at the supermarket (and I sort of felt bad about doing it) was that, at one point, there were 4 cart-riders (not truly disabled wheelchair people, mind you) in that same line. It was shocking. Trying to be discrete about taking pictures of strangers in public, I tried to find a place behind the frozen food area but by the time I found a suitable place to hide and snap, the other riders had moved to other checkout lanes which had opened up.

I see cart-riders in most of the food stores where I shop (the local community co-op excluded). Hit up the local Walmart and you'll see dozens on any given day. It's a growing trend. In almost all cases, morbid obesity is the reason they need to use the carts. Presumably, they walk from their vehicles to the front of the store, but by then I guess they're just too tuckered out to walk around the store without needing a cart. Or perhaps they're just lazy as shit. My sympathy is limited in these cases.

I think what starts out as lack of self-control or simply excess gluttony eventually morphs into a "recognized" disability, which legitimizes the condition. And then you can't say shit about it, like why don't you get off your ass, ya fat fuck...

I try to to be all judgmental but come on, people. A lot of these folk are young and otherwise able-bodied. They just ate too much and didn't move enough. After years they get to the point where they can't move at all, so why bother? At that point diet alone may not be enough. Sure they're unhappy and struggling, but are we just enabling them? Like the Dad going out and buying bags of cheeseburgers for that kid in the video?

There's healthy fat people and unhealthy fat people. There's a difference. And it differentiates along gender lines. Women typically can carry much more body fat. I'm not judgy about fat girls. I think fat girls can be sexy and lead active lifestyles. In my ashtanga yoga class, the most advanced student was a big-bodied woman who was extraordinarily flexible and strong. She could, from a full wheel pose, use core strength to unwind out of that backbend to standing. She could easily transition in and out of handstands without making a sound. That's pretty strong.

Edited by P. Briscoe at 4/9/2019 11:44:31 AM