An article from MSNBC.com reports that a nail salon in Georgia (DeKalb County) charged a woman an extra five dollars on her bill because of her extra-large size (http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/38829032/ns/today-today_fashion_and_beauty/?GT1=43001).
The woman reports that she got a manicure and a pedicure and got her eyebrows shaped and when she got the bill she noticed that she’d been charged an extra five dollars. Upon calling the nail salon (Natural Nails) to inquire about the extra amount, she was told that the extra fee was for her being overweight. Wow! Big people are getting it from all directions. First, having to buy two seats on an airplane or even being denied a flight and now this?
According to the manager of the salon, the five dollars is a surcharge that is added to big people’s bills to make up for all the chairs that they’ve broken. The manager claims that the special chairs used for pedicures cost $2,500.00 to repair, if they are broken, and that they only have a weight capacity of two hundred pounds.
After the woman complained about the surcharge, the manager did arrange to have the surcharge refunded and the scorned and embarrassed customer plans to take her beauty routine elsewhere.
Is obesity an epidemic? Are fat people being discriminated against? Is it a medical or psychiatric condition or just pure greed and gluttony? Is food an addiction? Is it anybody else’s fault that somebody allows themselves to grow obese to the point that they can’t function in society?
Obesity is becoming a heated debate and nobody is sure exactly how to deal with it. Let’s face it, Americans are porking up – both adults and children. Hey, I’m not exactly a supermodel myself, but I try to keep my weight down to a dull roar.
After having a child, I blew up to a riproaring size twenty-two and I can’t blame it on the baby. While I was pregnant, I admittedly ate everything I could get my grubby hands on. I was eating calzones and entire cherry pies. I was running to the McDonald’s drive-thru window sometimes twice a day. The end result was that I got fat. Whose fault is that? I take full blame for overeating and for the weight I gained, but I did make the effort to lose it and I am now down to a “reasonable” size. I am not exactly Victoria’s Secret material and I will never be a size two nor do I want to be (I kinda like my meat), but I’m very tall, so I don’t look as big as I would if I was shorter. It kind of balances out. Do I need to lose some more weight? Hell yeah, so I might as well call it as it is.
I’m not trying to be mean but from my own experience, I do understand how people can become grossly overweight. I also know that most of the time (not always), it’s the result of having no self-control, overeating and refusing to exercise. I am aware that depression and other factors can contribute to a person gaining excessive amounts of weight and that there are medical conditions that cause obesity.
Having been a big person, I know how it happens. In my case, it was just pure greed, lack of self-control, lack of exercising and being plain, old-fashioned greedy. I also know what it takes to become a smaller (not necessarily slim or skinny), healthier person within reason, so . . .
Let me be quiet because I may piss off some big people! I’m just saying.