Even kids know it sux to be fat.
At work lately, I have been showing a new program, Skills Tutor, to my students on the computer. In this program, the first thing they have to do is make an Avatar, a person that looks like them (similar to the Mii on the Wii). Well…each kid is busy making their avatar and in several classes I have heard the same complaint. “Can’t I make my person smaller?” As in, “They are really FAT!” They get really upset when I tell them there is no way to make their person smaller-but it’s ok…all of them are FAT so you are not alone. Once I tell them everyone is stuck with a fat avatar, they are ok and move on.
So many life lessons can be learned from ten year olds.
No one WANTS to be fat. Unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as the click of a mouse on the computer and we are skinny. We have to work-HARD. Only through hard work can we achieve the body we wish to have. If we could move a slider scale on the computer and make ourselves skinny, oh how wonderful that would be!
If everyone else around us is fat, it makes it better-we still might not like it but we can deal with it a little bit better because we have people to sympathize with us. The problem I used to have is that most of my friends were skinny. I was one of the only fat people I associated with. That was not ok with me. It just plain sucked! Don’t get caught up in a comfortable environment where those around you are fat so it’s ok.
What I really wanted to say to my students was, “Yep, you’re avatar is fat and has to stay that way. Doesn’t that suck?”