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Fat Acceptance Gone Too Far

Lately there have been several posts in which the writers were outraged at this new Fat Acceptance movement.  Really, how dare anyone tell those overweight people that they can be happy with their bodies?

At first, I was defending the right of others to do as they please, but an incident occurred recently that punched me right in the gut, and finally woke me up to the dangers of this ideology.

Last week, I was very excited to attend this meditation retreat at this zen center.  It was a beginner’s class, and I didn’t know much about the discipline.  I met the wonderful instructor and the other eager students.  We were all ready to learn as much as possible.  We climbed the stairs to the upstairs studio, and that’s when I saw him.

He wasn’t just fat.  He was morbidly obese!  It was clear that he rarely exercised, and mostly sat around like a lazy bum.  I’m not sure he even had a job, ever.  Perhaps the worst part of this experience was that the instructor looked up to this dude, as if this fatso with his gut hanging over his pants had any “wisdom” to offer.  The students even bowed to him.   There was a bowl of fruit sitting in front of this blimp of a man, as if that was what he mostly meditated on — his next meal.   Now, I think it’s OK for the overweight to visit Walmart, or even visit the beach WITH a t-shirt on, but when this “Fat Acceptance” starts to infiltrate our world religions, it has gone too far.


  1. Pfft! LOL I thought this was related to a woman who is killing herself to be the fattest woman in Guinness Records.

  2. Oh, Neil, how you amuse me.

  3. Hahahahahaha! Awesome.

  4. I asked Budai, “What is the meaning of Neil’s post?” and he dropped his bag of candy. Then I asked Budai, “How do we practice Neil’s post?” and he took up his bag of candy again.

    Hello, Neil.

  5. HA! Brilliant! And an obligatory ‘eww gross’ at the Buddha’s man boobs. A step too far indeed.

  6. And yet, look how damn happy he is.

  7. I’ve been waiting for you to weigh in on this issue.

  8. Those man-boobs are not attractive.

  9. This post is so buddhalicious.

  10. i’m not sure the world’s fattest twins would have been famous if it wasn’t for their acceptance… and the little motorcycles too

  11. Abbersnail beat me but Neil, I adore you too.

  12. The answer is mu.
    (Or is it, “Moo”?)
    Another koan for the ages…

  13. Dude. I totallyd.k’sj Fuck! I just got ice cream cake all over the computer. I’ll be back later.

  14. and they say morbid obesity is recent phenomenon (or whatever it is they say). ha to them.

  15. If his presence was offensive, you could always have switched to the Thai or Indian buddha, who is much more slender.

  16. There are lots of thin buddhas hanging out in Asia. Why’s the Chinese one so chubby, I wonder?

  17. Oh, now, that’s just appalling.

    (Obvious Norm’s customer.)

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