Fat Chick/Skinny Chick

On my drive to work I usually listen to a morning radio show. Having interned and worked at a station for years, I love listing to radio and finding new stations. This morning I was listening to The Woody Show, which I listen to a fairly regular basis. I had the “opportunity” to hear the segment “Fat Chick/Skinny Chick”.

In this segment they got a random listener on the phone and had 3 minutes to ask her what ever they wanted. At the end of the 3 minutes they had to guess whether she was fat or skinny solely based off her answers and her voice. Some of the questions they asked were:

  • How many pairs of jeans to you own?
  • Do you have pets?
  • iPhone or Android?
  • Are you married? If so, how long?
  • Have you gone to the grocery store in sweats?
  • Have you ever been the other woman?

     

This is just a compacted list of some of the questions they asked, the most awkward were a bit nc17 so I will leave you to listen to those awkward questions on your own, if you dare. I found this really interesting. As a current fat person I am always judging my self, it kind of just comes automatically. It was very intriguing to hear and honestly, I am more fascinated by it than offended. Yes the segment is awkward, almost to the point of cringe-worthy when they ask some very personal questions you wouldn’t ask your best friend. I also found it enlightening. These random facts helped form their opinion of this woman and it got me thinking about how I judge people on seemingly random things, and how that judgement could possibly effect that person.

Some of the things that made 3 of the hosts classify her as fat were; she has multiple pairs of jeans “in order to accommodate a fluctuating weight”, she sounded winded at the beginning of the call, she has pet lizards, has been married for 11 years and has been the other woman in a relationship. And the few “skinny” classifications were; that she does pilates, she prefers to cook rather than bake and she drinks regular soda. These truly are random facts, but together they formed the opinion of these radio hosts. I am grateful I listened to this segment because it caused me to evaluate my self and how I judge people. But it is truly a pointless segment that encourages stereotyping and negative self judgment.

I don’t ever want to cause another person to feel bad or insecure because I know what it is like on the receiving end of that. Maybe I am reading more into this than I should or was intended. I will leave a link to the podcast below the segment is at 1:22:00.

What do you think? Do you judge people without knowing it? Is there anything you wish you wouldn’t be judged on?

 

 

https://soundcloud.com/thewoodyshow/the-woody-show-april-29-2016-podcast

 

 

See you on Monday!

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15 thoughts on “Fat Chick/Skinny Chick

  1. I’ve been there also. Now in a wheelchair I’ve lost weight, but the extra weight I get goes right to the middle. Discouraging, but that’s the way it is. Takes so long to be fair to yourself, accept who you are. At least that’s been my experience.

    I’m sure we all judge others even though we try not to. Depends on your upbringing, and to me it is just a part of being human.

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    1. I am still struggling to accept my self as I am. I feel like we are inherently judgmental as people as well, it’s just interesting how we automatically form an opinion on that person based off those judgements.

      Thank you for sharing ❤

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  2. Yikes! I can’t believe someone would willingly participate in that. I guess that’s why I skip morning talk radio. I’m a nurse practitioner and I have a hard time with judgement of parents who have very overweight kids. I know it’s wrong but I can’t help but wonder why the heck a parent thinks it’s ok for a 10 year old to be 177lbs. So I try to focus on working as a team to help the family.

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    1. Right?! I blew me away that this woman was ok with that!
      I completely agree, it’s not healthy to be overweight! That’s amazing, good for you, I really think the education needs to happen for both parents and kids

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  3. I met a friend I hadn’t seen in nearly 8 months and he noticed I was wearing a fitbit, we have the sort of open friendship where we allow each other to speak uncensored. anyway, he asked if it really worked for me or anyone, or if it wasn’t just another way for us to justify doing the bare minimum.. It seemed in his experience it is people that are overweight that spend money on ‘fancy’ fitness gadgets or insist on the diet coke. I wonder how much truth there is to that, but lets assume it is true, I feel like it is still alright and there is nothing wrong with trying to be the best version of yourself, no matter what that looks like to someone else.

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    1. I think thats the best kind of friendship!

      that is so interesting, as long as we are trying to be better why does it matter how we do it, or what we use to reach our goal?! Good for you! 🙂

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  4. I have a “friend” who’s pretty slim and every time we meet her for dinner and decide on ordering something, she tells me, “Oh, I don’t eat this because I feel like it will make us so fat.” and then she looks at me from head to toe. And if I told her I was trying to lose weight, she’d start telling me how she’s also put on 1kg last week, and she’s trying to put it off by controlled eating. It got annoying to the point that I stopped seeing her. But she changed a bit since then, so that’s good. I hated it, because it made me more self conscious about eating with people.

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  5. I read this yesterday and was thinking about it when I got home. Esp the jeans thing. At first my answer was that I have two pairs of jeans. But I went home and realised I had a cupboard full of jeans that were two small. It kinda opened my eyes. Also these guys were talking about women and they said fat chicks make better one night stands cos they’d do anything the guy wants cos their self esteem is so low. That really got me. I was flabbergasted at how people say others and also that I was that chick…

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  6. I really enjoyed reading your article. I was perplexed by the types of questions being asked. They have nothing to do if a chick is skinny or fat. These are generic questions anyone can relate to. Yes our society has set forth and dictated to us what is the ideal skinny or beautiful woman. But in reality we are all beautiful and unique. As a future therapist I have taken many counseling classes on hidden biases all people have whether they admit it or not. One thing you learn as a therapist is never to judge others but be open to their stories and receptive of their willingness to change for the better. Kudos to you for wanting to change and taking care of yourself. I can’t wait to see where your journey takes you.

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