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Chris Shugart
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End the Trend

The Tug

The woman at the restaurant did it.

The college guy at the Apple store did it.

The lady working at the bank did it.

I used to do it too. A lot.

I call it the tug. This is when an overweight person habitually, perhaps unconsciously, tugs at his or her shirt, trying to adjust it so that the body fat underneath doesn't show up so badly.

The cynical side of me thinks, "Yeah, dude, that's really going to help. Now that your T-shirt isn't clinging so much to your gut and love handles, I totally can't see that you're a good 65 pounds overweight!"


The other side of me, the side that remembers very well the psychological torment of being overweight, understands and empathizes.

The tug doesn't help at all, of course. It only shows that the person is self-conscious... and he should be.

That's right, I'm glad to see the tug. More fat people should be tuggers.

A Disturbing Trend

You see, I don't go for this emerging attitude that fatness, sluggishness, and the early onset of easily-preventable disease is the "new normal." I want fat people to be aware that they are fat -- just like I was -- so they'll do something about it -- just like I did.

I know they're miserable. I know they hate feeling heavy, immobile, unattractive, and depressed. Please, be self-conscious, be uncomfortable, and then you'll want to change. You'll be happier, healthier, and I won't have to pay for all the health care you'll soon need.

Now, at this point, you either think I'm being harsh or you're scratching your head and thinking, "Well, no duh, Chris! Who in their right mind wants overweight people to stay that way? There is no opposing viewpoint to yours, Don Quixote!"

Actually, there is.

I read an article recently calling for the fashion industry to use models more representative of the typical American female. Okay, I get it. Perhaps 17-year old anorexics who live on Tic-Tacs and cigarettes shouldn't be offered up as the ideal female physique. I can get behind that. Drink a protein shake and pick up a barbell, Pancake Ass!

But that wasn't the writer's point.

The writer noted that the average female is 5'3" and 165 pounds. Why don't models look like that, the writer asked.

Well, because fashion designers want the clothes to look good. And the "average" female today is overweight. And overweight doesn't look all that great.



Remember, the new average in North America is fat. Most people, according to the latest stats, are either overweight or obese. And don't give me that, "Oh that's just because BMI doesn't take into account lean muscle mass..." Right. Go to Wal-Mart; look around. Not exactly a bunch of bodybuilders and 5' 11" female athletes walking around, are there?

Watch for this trend: Instead of promoting healthier eating habits and more exercise, you're going to start seeing a push toward making fat people feel better about themselves.

The problem?

Diabetes doesn't give a fuck about your self-esteem.

Those people you'd like to date, the ones who look right through you like you're invisible? They don't give a fuck about whether or not you feel okay with your weight. To them, you're just unattractive. Why? Because our genes program us to not be attracted to a diseased individual (bad for breeding), and being fat leads to a buffet of diseases and disorders.

And it doesn't matter if the fashion fops start using "normal" sized models. You're going to feel bad and die younger whether the bitches are a size 2 or a size 14.

Harsh? Maybe.

Boo-hoo.

Are You Ready?

The TNATION lifestyle isn't about coddling your fragile feelings or pampering your self-esteem. We're here for those who want to buck the trend of rampant chubbiness and preventable disease and make a change -- for those that want to get healthy, get lean, build some muscle, and perform like an athlete.

That's who I want to help, whether it's the 12% body fat guy looking to get single-digit shredded, or the 200 pound woman ready to flip her life upside down and start fresh.

If you are offended by what I've written here, then you should not be here.

You are not ready.

-- Chris



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n8tive
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Love this article. I agree wholeheartedly 100%...... you are already seeing the modification of modern mankind to accomodate the overweight, unhealthly people that are surrounding the wal-marts, targets, subways & mcdonalds right now.

*shaking my head in sadness & empathy*

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texis300
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I went to buy some new jeans cause every pair I own is entirely too big. I was at GAP and tried on, about five different pairs. The long and short of it is I ended up with a 33/32. I am no where near a 33. Yet they are now too big as well. I really believe that a 33 waist pant is not the same as a 33 waist pant from the years past.

I believe that the clothing makers are grossly over cutting their cloths to make the consumer feel better about purchasing the cloths.......I have not worn a 33 since I was in High School. IF the clothing companies would stick to their standard sizes that they should have for cloths then others out there would see that they really need to loose the weight.

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corstijeir
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Texis300 - there's an article floating around here about how companies now use vanity sizing. A 33 is really a 38, etc.

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BrickCallahan
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My cousin was born here in the states, but lives in Japan. He's home for the holidays and last night, we all got together. We started to talk about food in Japan and how the perception of what constitutes dessert differs between here and there (i.e. cake isn't really something anyone eats, even on their birthday).

We moved the subject to overweight people and how they're treated over there. He said there are fat people there, but you almost never see a lot of them in the same place. While not shunned, they definitely are not embraced in Japan for their bulging stomachs.

It was interesting to hear this considering that here in America, you can't go almost any populated place and not see a lot of fat people. Moreover, we're being asked to be increasingly more PC in how we respond to someone being overweight. Amazingly, the problem is only getting worse under these kid-glove methods.

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firespinner93
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Actually, I am for building the self-esteem of fat people, although not for the reasons listed in your article. If someone has not a shred of self-esteem, how are they going to take those first steps toward living a healthy lifestyle, and doing it for themselves? How are they going to keep doing it when the newness wears off and it's no fun anymore?

If you can't look in the mirror and say to yourself, "I am worth taking care of," are you going to do it? Nope. I'm not advocating the approach of, "you are perfect just the way you are, all 400 pounds of you!" but I do advocate building up the self worth enough so that a fat person can believe that it doesn't have to be that way. That's how it had to happen for me, and I don't think I'm just a beautiful and unique snowflake.

Slightly OT, but [tin foil hat] it's really in the best interests of Big Pharma, Big Medicine, Big Soda, etc. to promote the "fat is fine" mentality. How many of these industries would completely go under if it weren't for our lack of exercise and dependence on junk food? [/tin foil hat]

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Chris Shugart
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I don't think we disagree too much, firespinner.

Of course I don't wish depression or an "I hate myself" attitude on anyone. I don't want them to think they have no worth as a human being. BUT, I sure hope they're not satisfied or happy with their weight. I want them to hate what they've become, not who they really are. This is one thing I remember saying to myself when I was obese: "This just isn't ME!"

And, like you, I cringe when I hear them being told that "it's okay." It's not okay; it's going to kill them.

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Marzouk
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Inspiring article Chris, I've done V-Diet twice now and lost a considerable amount of weight each time. For some reason i keep slowly adding the weight back on. I know i'm a week son of a bitch and i should stop whining about it and just lose it.

I've been reading the end of over eating and I can definitely relate to book, in the way my brain is fucked when it comes to unhealthy food and that combination of salt, fat and sugar.

I'm getting married on April 24th next year and i really wana be in shape in for the big day.

Hopefully this article will finally kick my lard ass into shape!

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barn-e
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Chris Shugart wrote:
...I don't want them to think they have no worth as a human being. BUT, I sure hope they're not satisfied or happy with their weight. I want them to hate what they've become, not who they really are. This is one thing I remember saying to myself when I was obese: "This just isn't ME!"

And, like you, I cringe when I hear them being told that "it's okay." It's not okay; it's going to kill them.


This is a tricky psychological issue to describe in words. The hard part to describe is that people have to fully recognize and own what they are or have become PLUS be dissatisfied with it in order to change. You have to simultaneously accept it as reality, reject it as wrong and recognize it as changeable.

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RockCrusher
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firespinner93 wrote:
Actually, I am for building the self-esteem of fat people, although not for the reasons listed in your article. If someone has not a shred of self-esteem, how are they going to take those first steps toward living a healthy lifestyle, and doing it for themselves? How are they going to keep doing it when the newness wears off and it's no fun anymore?

If you can't look in the mirror and say to yourself, "I am worth taking care of," are you going to do it? Nope. I'm not advocating the approach of, "you are perfect just the way you are, all 400 pounds of you!" but I do advocate building up the self worth enough so that a fat person can believe that it doesn't have to be that way. That's how it had to happen for me, and I don't think I'm just a beautiful and unique snowflake.


In many ways, I'm not sure how many people can make a significant body composition change without changing their self-stuff first(esteem/identity/worth/etc.)

Generally, I figure that the people who are claiming to love themselves even though they are obese, are just hiding behind a different mirror. It's like the addict who gets off drugs or alcohol, but then becomes an exercise addict. They didn't change that they were an addict, only changed the focus of their addiction to something healthier and more acceptable.

For me, it was when my self-esteem and self-worth were no longer tied to what other people think of me, that I was finally able to win the 30 year war, ditch the crap food and start to get in the kind of shape I'd been trying to achieve for 30 years.

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IronClaws
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I used to pull on shirts before I got into shape and dropped a lot of excess weight. It also sucks because you end up ruining a lot of nice clothes. It oddly stretches them out at the stomach and messes with the shoulders of a shirt.

So, on top of being a stupid habit if you have any nice larger clothes that you want to keep as you lose weight, that's a nice way to stretch them all out of sorts.

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jstuart5487
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I say, let America stay fat. That way, when the Zombie Apocalypse happens, we won't be their main food source for a long time!

But on a real note, I agree with you wholeheartedly, and as a 300 pound high school senior, I did my share of the tugging. But now I am down to a healthy 215 and about 10% body fat, and a lot of that success is owed to advice received on this site. Thanks Chris, and keep up the good work.

Bring on the Zombies!!!

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ourouk
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I like it Chris !!! I call it also "muffin top "

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ourouk
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Hey Chris, thinking about it... it is Christmas time, it's time to republish your "Uncle Bob" article... I love it so much !!! lollll

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HawaiiTunya
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Great article Chris.

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FightinIrish26
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Chris Shugart wrote:
I don't think we disagree too much, firespinner.

Of course I don't wish depression or an "I hate myself" attitude on anyone. I don't want them to think they have no worth as a human being. BUT, I sure hope they're not satisfied or happy with their weight. I want them to hate what they've become, not who they really are. This is one thing I remember saying to myself when I was obese: "This just isn't ME!"

And, like you, I cringe when I hear them being told that "it's okay." It's not okay; it's going to kill them.



I've never been fat, never been close to obese, but as hard as I am on fat people - and I can be - you ex-fat bastards are more brutal than even I could be hahaha.

But I do agree. This isn't like, you were born with a big nose or shorter than everyone else - this is a health problem that kills people like it's going out of style. To tell them that it's in any way acceptable is a fucking travesty.

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BobFather5
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Love it Chris, and I have been and am a "tugger", but working towards ending that habit for life, GREAT STUFF!

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killerDIRK
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#1 ZombieLand rule : CARDIO ! #2 rule, DoubleTap : )
On a more serious note, getting stuck behind a double wide human in Wal-mart is bad enough but WHY do we have to REWARD them with a show like the biggest loser for being the biggest fat fucktard to begin with ? ? ?

Storm the Beach had this great article up on his blog space:
http://deathtofitness.blogspot... and maybe this says it all.

Oh Yeah, Double FUCK the PC community to begin with ! Take off the goddamn glove and beat people with the baseball bat !
My true friends are those that call me out on shit PUBLICLY! It forces me to stay awake, and they
say the view is pretty as long as one is asleep. Well it is time to Wake the Fuck Up.

thanks for letting me vent, just found out that two "buddies" of mine up here in Mammoth Lakes are PEDOPHILES !
yeah...wish I could take the baseball bat to their balls...

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paula_h65
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I went beyond the tug... I would take my 2xl mens tshirts and put both knees in the belly of the shirt and stretch, so that my shape wasn't seen. I knew I still looked fat, but I hated feeling like a tootsie roll. I am not skinny, but I'm now well below the "average" size woman. I love having the ability to run, to jump, and to a couple of chinups un-assited. People almost never tell you that you are fat, they usually say things like "I think you look fine" or "You, aren't that bad". There is no reason to be cruel, but if someone asks me if they are fat, I will probably tell them the truth in a very polite way. Blood pressure medication, high cholesterol medication, knee replacement surgery, and type 2 diabetes aren't something I want my friends to have to endure....nor pay for!!

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fjameson
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I totally agree.. I was a bit overweight many years ago and someone helped me out of it. I've been working out 4 times a week since. Thanks for the post!

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