I wish I could post more. There’s so much I want to write down about the military and tech school and how much fun I have and how shitty it can be sometimes. I’m always either too busy or too tired. The life of an airman.
I’m doing good man. Joining the Air Force is probably one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. It’s tough. Mad tough. But at the end of the day when I’m sore and dead tired, I feel like a man. That feeling you get when you know you just did something awesome, something that not many other people can do. Feels great. The only thing I miss are my family and friends back home. I’d never want to go back to who I used to be but I do miss it. Idk, I guess the military is my family now.
Americans are living large. Extra large. As in XXXXL large. As in baby-powdered-thighs large. As in wheezing, heaving, bust-the-car-suspension large.
Overweight has become the new normal, and society is straining to accommodate our ever-expanding waistlines. We plant plush bottoms on wider seats in theaters and toilet stalls, drape ourselves in plus-sized clothing, even go to our eternal rest in broader coffins.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight, and a third, some 72 million people, are considered obese. From 1980 to 2008, obesityrates doubled for adults and tripled for children, with 17 percent, or 9 million children over 6, classified as obese.
The average American is 23 pounds heavier than the ideal body weight. Experts blame the usual bugaboos: lack of exercise and side-splitting food consumption.
"There’s definitely a new norm," said Dr. Robert Kushner, clinical director of the Northwestern Comprehensive Center on Obesity at Northwestern University in Illinois. "It’s a norm that, ‘My entire family and my community is overweight, and that’s what I am.’ "
Businesses, eyes on the bottom line, are adapting to the physical requirements of the heftier among us.
Revolving doors, for example, have widened from 10 feet to 12 feet in recent years. Scales, which seldom went over 300 pounds, now go up to 400 or 500 pounds.
Here are a few other areas in which the super-sized generation is changing our culture.
Food portions, ever bigger, continue to grow to meet yawning appetites. New York nutritionist Lisa R. Young estimates fast-food servings are two to five times what they were in the 1950s. When it debuted 40 years ago, the Big Mac was but a wee patty of 3-ounce meat. Today, fast-food chains serve up 12-ounce burgers loaded with 1,000 calories.
When it first opened, a McDonald’s soda was 7 ounces. Now a small soft drink is 16 ounces, and convenience stores pitch a 64-ounce bucket of soda — a full half-gallon. The result: In the 1970s, an American gulped down an average of 27 gallons of soda a year. Today that figure is 44 gallons.
And sweets? Cookies today, Young says, are 700 percent larger than USDA standards. A brownie recipe from the 1960s called for 30 servings. The same recipe today calls for 16.
Garbing the girth
Clothing outlets have expanded plus-sized inventories. Bulky clothes are available for children as young as 3, and Target and Forever 21 offer plus-sized fashions for teens. Quadruple-extra-large shirts are on the rack for men with 60-inch waists.
"Vanity sizing," in which manufacturers adjust apparel size downward so it’s more palatable for women, is spreading. A size 4 today was, 20 years ago, a size 8. Some 62 percent of American women wear a size 14 or larger.
But full-size fashion has its price: Plus-sized clothing, which uses more material, costs 10 to 15 percent more than regular apparel.
Federal officials have increased the average passenger weight for buses and commercial boats, from 150 pounds to 175 pounds for bus passengers and from 160 pounds to 185 pounds for boat passengers. Buses must be stronger and bigger to handle folks of amplitude, and boats must trim their passenger lists.
Government regulations for car seat belts, set in the 1960s, require them to fit a 215-pound man with a hip circumference of 47 inches. In 2003, however, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that more than 38 million people, or 19 percent of Americans, were too large for their seat belts. To accommodate heftier drivers, some car manufacturers include seat belts that are 18 to 20 inches longer, or offer seat belt extenders. Most airlines, where economy-class seat widths range from 17 to 18 inches, make portly passengers buy an extra seat if they can’t sit with both armrests down, or can’t fasten their seat belts.
Many theme-park rides are featuring larger seats, with sample seats situated so heavier riders can test their capacity. TheWizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventurenear Orlando recently added larger seats to its Forbidden Journey ride.
Also in Orlando, a new downtown arena has installed seats 19 to 24 inches wide, as compared to the 18-inch spread in an older facility. The New York City Center is replacing seats of 17-to-20-inch width with 19 to 22 inches.
The Olive Garden is among restaurants that now provide sturdier, armless chairs for pudgy diners. Movie theater seats have broadened along with their patrons’ bottoms. In the 1980s they were around 20 inches wide. Now many movie chains have seats as large as 26 inches wide. More buttered popcorn, anyone?
Hefty health care
Hospitals, committed to treating folks of all sizes, have adjusted to a porkier population with larger, reinforced beds, walkers, examining tables and special lifts to move overweight patients. New magnetic-resonance-imaging machines hold patients of up to 500 pounds. Surgical instruments are extra long to reach into deeper body cavities. Even blood pressure cuffs are larger, to fit around chubby arms.
Wheelchairs, too, are wider. The average wheelchair was designed to hold people of 200 to 300 pounds, but new ones are capable of bearing the approximately 4 million Americans who are heavier than the old weight standard.
Toilets can handle bigger bottoms. Manufacturer Big John is marketing a toilet that is 19 inches wide and 2 inches taller than the average 14-inch-wide seat. They have a weight capacity of 1,200 pounds.
Some manufacturers are shipping 54-inch-wide coffins, broader than the standard 24 inch, which can hold 700 pounds.
But such adjustments don’t go far enough, said Peggy Howell, public relations director for the Oakland, Calif.-based National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, an advocacy group with “fattitude.”
"We are, of course, always happy to see when a company tries to make a product that will accommodate people of size," she said. "But we don’t feel that this is giving us a place at the table."
Attitudes, not products, need to change, Howell said. “Stopping the discrimination and the bias and the prejudice would make life a lot better for fat people.”
There’s probably so many great personalities hidden behind massive amounts of reblogs on Tumblr. Whenever I get cool with someone whose page I usually wouldn’t follow but just take the chance, I wonder how many I missed out on because they never gave a piece of their own mind.
Even when it comes to people who follow me, I usually go off interaction. I hardly check the list anymore. So after a while if I see we share some interests based on what I post I don’t mind inquiring. For others, they just stay in the cut and unfollow me eventually because I never returned it back. Then there’s the people that would never get me to regardless. It’s not the number that counts to me at all, mainly who.
So I got woken up at 7am for the second time this weekend for some bullshit. Last night there was another alcohol related incident in my squadron and because of this dumbass, next weekend we all have RMT. Now, I’m a good Airman, maybe even great. I go above and beyond to do my shit AND help my wingman out. But I can’t keep my eyes on 300 something people and I don’t see why I should be punished if one of them fucks up.
The reason we’re all in trouble is because someone didn’t stop this guy from drinking too much and getting alcohol poisoning. I think that’s bullshit because first of all I’m in ITP so I couldn’t have stopped this fool even if I wanted to. I was in my room talking on the phone with my best friend, miles away from SARC park and all that foolishness. Secondly, this so called Airman is just that, a MAN. He should be the one taking accountability for his actions. We all had nothing to do with his dumb fuckery. I know people who were planning on getting married next weekend. Now they’re fucked and all that money is going to waste because of one dumbass, who we’ve never even met, and his inability to know when the fuck to quit.
It’s ok though. I’m not going to falter and I’m not going to fail my fellow wingmen. I’m going to take this punishment like a man and set an example for the newbies coming in. Don’t be a dirtbag airman. There’s no harm in having fun. Work hard, play hard. Just know your fucking limits.
This Swing schedule they have me on is killing my body. From Sunday night to now, I’ve gotten no more than 3 hours of sleep a night. I’m definitely overachieving with this chapel rope program but that’s kind of the point really. “Service Before Self” is one of our core values. It’s what separates us from the civilians. The only thing pushing me through this is the faces of people I’ve already helped. I just hope it doesn’t start to affect my academics.
Took my first Block test today and got a 95. Kind of disappointed because I was shooting for a 100 but it’s enough to keep me in the running for Top Graduate so I can’t be too mad. I miss the hell out of my best friend. Can’t wait to see her in August, hug the shit out of her, and knock out on her couch like always. Until then I’m gonna work my ass off here in Tech school. My last interview for my rope is in 5 hours. Acing it. Hua.
I just saw that you have The Dean's List on your playlist<3 this might be weird cause i don't know you, but when i heard it, you have no idea how excited i was to hear that especially since not many people know about them!
Yeah I heard about them awhile ago from a friend. I only have about 3 songs from them but they’re all pretty tight to me. When they get big I can see their songs getting way overplayed. Hopefully it doesn’t happen, I actually like them.
I’m happy, I’m proud, and excited. I’ve never had this much fun or this much action in my life. There’s almost always something I should be doing so it’s hard to get bored. Plus, everything I’m doing is helping at least one other person. Not to mention the way people look at me now. I feel like a superhero. People are always thanking me (which can get annoying after awhile but it’s cool) and they’re always trying to hook me up or help me out with something (I’m not even going to mention the females). I’m so excited because this is just the beginning. I haven’t deployed yet, I haven’t traveled, I haven’t even touched the surface of my career. I can’t wait to see what this chapter in my life has to offer.
I feel like an asshole when I say this but being in the military has made me start to look down on civilians. I try not to, I really do, but I hear all the crap you guys complain about, I see how lazy you are, and I see how much integrity you lack. It’s disgusting. Looking at some of you “grown men” is like looking at a child. I hope one day you all stop bitching and grow up. You’re starting to sound pathetic.
If you ask me that in two years I’ll probably say it was the best experience in all my life. But, I just got out last week and let me tell you, that place sucks ass. It’s worth it in the end but damn does it suck ass. There were times I wanted to quit but I have way too much pride for that. There were good times for sure and plenty of memories I will never forget but, most of the time, it sucked ass. I am in shape now though. That’s a plus.