Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving and Gluttony

Happy Thanksgiving - the be thankful for what you have part, not the celebrating the massacring of natives one. Been eating like it's Thanksgiving since yesterday. Crab is the theme this year. Admittedly though, my idea of binging would be more like other's "normal" meal; so, I hardly feel guilty. Still, truly a holiday to justify gluttony.

Speaking of which, been following "The Biggest Loser" this season. Found myself especially interested in contestant Ada (see image left). Yes, it's because she's Asian American but also because she has a rather tragic history. Apparently, she was playing in a pool with her toddler brother when he drowned. She was a young child herself but her parents blamed her for the death. According to Ada, they have not been supporting or approving of her since and have been at times quite hostile.

A few weeks ago when all the contestants got videos from their families, Ada received nothing. Again, during the "makeover week" when families came to the fashion show to surprise the Biggest Loser "models," Ada's family was noticeably absent. Both times affected Ada but didn't keep her excelling in the challenges nor losing the weight (see image Ada's transformation below).

Made me think about how harsh Asian American families can be. Even while they are fully supportive in the area of familial obligations, they often neglect their children's emotional needs. It could be due to cultural and general differences when love is expressed very differently. The older generation tend to believe taking care of a child, making sure they are well fed, get proper education and not suffer...equates love. But, for the younger generation or American born kids, love is expressed physically through frequent hugs or verbally through affirmations and "I love yous." You can imagine how clashes can take place.

Also, expectations seem really high in Asian American families. You have to look and behave a certain way. If you get Bs on report cards, for example, you are considered a failure. If you're not stick thin, you will be called fatty. Pressures to conform including going into careers and marrying people of their parent's choosing is pretty common place. It's no wonder a person would overeat to sooth themselves.

That means appearing on a show about how people no longer have control over what they eat is seen as shameful. Ada's parents probably did not want to be associated with a show that blatantly displays their child in a negatively light and hence directly affecting the family's reputation. Ada probably sees her participation in "Biggest Loser" as an act of bravery and the first steps to gaining control of her life by getting back to a healthy weight and dealing with her own demons in the process.

So, even though this is Thanksgiving week where family tensions are often heightened, resist being a glutton. That's the moral of this story.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_DpOV_568XrM/TKiIljYZk9I/AAAAAAAAyJU/BIgQGH2P5OE/s1600/The+contestants+of+The+Biggest+Loser+Asia+Season+2.jpg

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0134897c465b970c-pi

http://www.nbc.com/the-biggest-loser/contestants/ada/

2 comments:

Que said...

gosh... i cant really read the post... as the weight of the picture constantly tipped my laptop forward!
That bunch will indeed be called:
"The Biggest Eaters" and those that lost, whom ever was invited to there thanksgiving dinners!

Anonymous said...

Abortion is part of the decay inflicted by the gods in the latter half of the 20th century as we approach the Apocalypse::::
- Free sex
- Explosion in gay sex
- Abortion
- Legalized greed/immorality
- The internet. Whereas TV was a phenominally destructive new temptation on the landscape it doesn't hold a candle to the internet. Some people will waste their whole lives.

So many people don't care about global warming. They don't care about the Federal deficit/debt (outside of partisanship) and they don't care earning $400k for an $80,000/year job will eventually bankrupt the country. They have awarded themselves $400k pay and retirement packages, loading up their friends on the payroll during the boom 90s through the real estate bust while all services which the program were intended to fund now get cut to pay for it.
These people are often common public university labor. Not Ivy League, not private university.
This labor isn't good enough to command the salaries they are earning. And they understood this when they applied to the public university they settled on.
You can't expect a top-tier salary with a second-rate education.
They think they are going sometime during/at the end of this life, and disregard the poor souls who are left behind.
These are the people who will be here in the United States when bankruptcy is declared and society deteriorates into chaos. And they will deserve the anarchy which ensues.

Continuing the push for privatization, reinforced and supported recently with enormous public sector salaries and retirement packages.
Once achieved the gods will utilize the corruptive predisposition of the private sector economy, as seen with the sub-prime/bailout fiasco, to initiate economic catastrophy and initiate the bankruptcy proceedings of the United States.
Whether the cure for cancer/diseases or the permanant resolution of economic misery, before the gods remove these motivations to pray we will experience an inordinate deluge of each element, with economic misery being perhaps the dissallusion of the united States with bankruptcy.

The gods used the Italians to ruin life in the 20th century.
The gods used the Italians to ruin life in A.D. with The Church.
The Church controlled Western Civilization. As the largest land owner in Europe they controlled the monarchies. They were responsbile for slavery, revenge for African invasion and rape of Italy. They created religious discontent, ultimately leading to the disfavored dumping ground known as the United States.
And each generation of these Italians were sold on "earning", only to be reincarnated as a lesser life form subsequently, punishment for their evil.
"The West Bank, where the end of the world will begin." With xtianity.

A good example of societal decay and how the gods manage their culpability is birth defects. In the past the gods occassionally punished people by divinely creating birth defects in the womb. Now, with the advent of biotechnology, they tempt the mother with "earning" and compell her to take a substance in utero which deforms the fetus, dispelling the gods of blame and future obligation to the victim. Incidentally, they use liberal policies to pay for these individuals, ensuring a lifetime wasted, for they have no hope for progress. Too often in the past they were mercifully killed immediately and brought back without this handicap, allowing them opportunity to resume their journey of ascention into heaven.
The gods are washing their hands of culpability. The gods are washing their hands of Planet Earth.

You don't want to get involved in the abortion battle. You're not "earning". The gods will use this tool to cast people into Damnation. Nothing will save them. Stop wasting your time on others and work on fixing your own problems. If you don't make enough progress to be granted good parents when reincarnated you will waste your next life too.