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#311 - pencilartist (11/17/2012) [-]
I always wondered...

Not sure how stupid I sound, but why is calling someone "fat" an insult? Isn't that more like an observation?
It's like calling someone "pale" or telling someone that they're short.

People throw that around as if the person who is fat somehow doesn't know that they're fat. It's not hard to figure out if you're fat or not (unless you have some kind of disorder).
#333 to #311 - anonymous (11/17/2012) [-]
Well most insults are observations. Like calling someone "stupid." It's an observation of their lack of mental prowess.

Fatness is generally considered to be a negative attribute because fat people are viewed as lazy or gluttonous. It hasn't always been that way of course, but in a modern society where high calorie foods are not rare, humans no longer need to hunt to survive, and most of us would like to live past our fifties, high body fat is not a desirable trait in a mate, and thus has become a social stigma.

In response to your more recent query, calling someone "ugly" or "lazy" directly instead of "fat" would not be as accurate or make as much sense as commenting on the factor which leads to either of those conclusions: their fatness.
#386 to #333 - pencilartist (11/17/2012) [-]
Thanks Anon, you always seem to have the answers.   
   
Only problem I have with that answer is the people who call fat people, who know they're fat, "fat". Why would that hurt them? They know they're fat, and they know it's negative, so how is that even an insult?   
   
I would understand maybe calling a chubby chick with self-esteem issues "fat" but calling someone who's 5'0" and 300 pounds "fat" isn't really going to do much.
Thanks Anon, you always seem to have the answers.

Only problem I have with that answer is the people who call fat people, who know they're fat, "fat". Why would that hurt them? They know they're fat, and they know it's negative, so how is that even an insult?

I would understand maybe calling a chubby chick with self-esteem issues "fat" but calling someone who's 5'0" and 300 pounds "fat" isn't really going to do much.
#323 to #311 - Keoul (11/17/2012) [-]
In this society "fat" is deemed unnattractive   
So basically you're saying "you're ugly!"   
Something like this   
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In this society "fat" is deemed unnattractive
So basically you're saying "you're ugly!"
Something like this
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User avatar #327 to #323 - pencilartist (11/17/2012) [-]
I kind of figured that, but then wondered why the person didn't just say "You're ugly."


This GIF makes me laugh to a ludicrous amount. Thank you.
User avatar #343 to #327 - DrSalvador (11/17/2012) [-]
Because they ahve to point out why
User avatar #328 to #327 - Keoul (11/17/2012) [-]
-shrug- just another insult
Same reason we have so many ways of saying "go away!"
Piss off!
**** off!
Get the **** out of here!
etc.
User avatar #319 to #311 - zxmongoose (11/17/2012) [-]
There's this one kid at my high school, he's either a freshman or a sophomore, he's literally HUGE. I have no idea how he manages to not do SOMETHING about how much he seriously weighs. To put it simply, he has an obvious waddle when he walks, and his backpack (an average-sized school backpack) appears to be all the way stretched out to fit over his shoulders and is dwarfed by his back. The ****** is HUGE.
User avatar #324 to #319 - pencilartist (11/17/2012) [-]
Just because he's careless doesn't mean he's blind.

He's probably just lazy, or doesn't give a **** . But calling him "fat" doesn't make sense as an insult when it's a true to life observation.
User avatar #325 to #324 - zxmongoose (11/17/2012) [-]
I don't understand how someone can be his size and be ok with being that lazy, but I guess I can't imagine it because I'm not that kind of person
User avatar #317 to #311 - grimhound (11/17/2012) [-]
i think fat is the insulting way of calling someone , i don't know, big i guess. i think it's supposed to mean that the person has a lack of self control, or doesn't care, or things like that.
User avatar #320 to #317 - pencilartist (11/17/2012) [-]
Wouldn't it make more sense to call them "lazy-ass" or "weak-willed"?

Not disagreeing, mind you, but it just isn't computing to me in the way it should.

I mean, even "ugly" would make more sense.
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