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[–]Darth_AdnilIt's not a diet, it's eating healthy 909 points910 points  (12 children)

Ah yes compare yourself to another species. They realize none of those animals are fat right? That we as humans use them as comparisons because they’re large compared to humans but it takes A LOT to get an overweight cow or elephant.

[–]SSB_Hokage 212 points213 points  (9 children)

I'm kinda curious (but also terrified) to see an obese elephant now.

[–]InvincibleSummer1066 213 points214 points  (4 children)

A lot of zoo elephants are overweight. They're actually supposed to be a bit ribby, and when you don't see that they're overweight. Many of them lose their fertility for this reason.

Additionally, they can digest the parts of grass and such that we cannot. This is the case for many animals. For instance, grass is incredibly calorie-dense for cows -- it's not salad for them; it's pasta.

[–]Versaiteis 90 points91 points  (0 children)

It does take quite a digestive system to do it. Four stomachs?? sheesh

[–]canteloupy 52 points53 points  (0 children)

It's really obvious that many zoo animals are too fat, for example tigers. They have to hunt in the wild, but in the zoo they just lie there. If you watch wild tigers in nature documentaries they are really lean, but in zoos they look like big lazy cats.

[–]such-a-mensch 30 points31 points  (1 child)

People often ask me if my dog is sick because you can see her ribs.

She's a Doberman rotty x that gets a ton of exercise.

Her vet thinks she can stand to lose a few pounds and chides me for giving her table scraps.

People have no idea what healthy looks like on a human or animal.

[–]3MistersAndAMissy 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Or child! I once had a fat lady stop me to tell me my 9 month old baby was too skinny. I started to cry and doubt myself even though my pediatrician said he was just right. That was with my first so I was insecure.

I wish she had tried that with my 4th😈

[–]colb0lt 153 points154 points  (3 children)

Probably something like this

[–]ValorVixenQueen of the Smallfats 45 points46 points  (0 children)

omg that's hilarious

[–]storgodt 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The last one. My cat does that and she's skinny as fuck

[–]I_am_a_fernsolar powered shitlord 136 points137 points  (1 child)

Fun fact: elephants are some of the leanest animals, carrying so little fat that it's actually a problem to identify overweight elephants in captivity. Even if they put on 3 or 4 times the regular amount of fat, it's barely noticeable but still has negative effects on their health.

[–]MrDanksky[🍰] 20 points21 points  (0 children)

TIL Elephants have thin privilege

[–]CharliceTo infinifat and beyond! 212 points213 points  (4 children)

huh? where are all these overweight animals hanging out?

[–]CloudySaga 112 points113 points  (3 children)

they hide from those with thin privilege!

[–]smokey_g 11 points12 points  (2 children)

They have their own subreddit and only allow animals of a certain size

[–]ls713 7 points8 points  (1 child)

And if an elephant or cow is only a smallfat, the largefats, infinifats, and deathfats freak out and ban the smallfat from participating, because body positivity.

[–]smokey_g 7 points8 points  (0 children)

God imagine calling yourself a deathfat

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    [–]Slothfulness69 102 points103 points  (22 children)

    Considering that a lot of them have to have MRIs and other tests done at the zoo, I don’t blame the poster for making that comparison

    [–]banana_fields 14 points15 points  (4 children)

    How big ARE these people? At my heaviest (315-ish) I got hit in the head with a box and work and had to go have a brain MRI. I fit with more than enough room to spare, and I really cant imagine ever letting myself get over 315.

    [–]chrisd84819M | 5'10 | SW: 295 | CW: 236.6 | GW: 175 11 points12 points  (2 children)

    Are you tall? I think most of these people tend to be just average height at best but a lot of them are considered short. And 300 lbs "looks better" on a 6ft person than a 5ft person if you get me

    [–]banana_fields 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    No I’m very short. However I tend to carry most of my weight in my lower half and I’ve got pretty muscular legs so maybe that has something to do with it?

    [–]chrisd84819M | 5'10 | SW: 295 | CW: 236.6 | GW: 175 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Maybe yeah! I've had pretty similar thoughts. Even at my highest weight (295 lbs) I knew I was visibly overweight but I never really felt I looked massive or super round

    [–]livingagain17 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I don't think many people over 315 pounds are over that because they "allowed" themselves to be...more of a slippery slope/not wanting to know kind of thing.

    [–]tiffanylan 23 points24 points  (13 children)

    Ummmm what? At the zoo?

    [–]GrunkleCoffee25 M 42lbs lost and counting 77 points78 points  (6 children)

    Apparently it happens in some cities when a person won't fit in a normal MRI: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/obese-people-treated-zoo-because-5120067

    It's at the zoo's discretion though.

    [–]la_scozzeseSW 175 CW 167 GW 130 f33 5’7” 62 points63 points  (5 children)

    Friend of mine had to weigh in at another friend’s factory, on the plate they use to weigh goods. He weighed 215kg at the time (473 pounds). Luckily, that scared the crap out of him and he’s now down to 140kg and falling (308 pounds).

    [–]GrunkleCoffee25 M 42lbs lost and counting 35 points36 points  (1 child)

    It's good he got the wake up call that day. Hope he's good.

    [–]la_scozzeseSW 175 CW 167 GW 130 f33 5’7” 29 points30 points  (0 children)

    Yes he’s doing much better! He was very depressed, and although he’s not out of the woods yet he got help and now has a job, a girlfriend and is doing up a small apartment he inherited to finally get out of his mum’s place. He’s been through a lot personally, and I’m super proud of him for busting through it

    [–]miuxiu 23 points24 points  (1 child)

    That must be a HUGE wake up call when you can only be weighed by an industrial scale.

    [–]la_scozzeseSW 175 CW 167 GW 130 f33 5’7” 12 points13 points  (0 children)

    I know right? I feel terrible when I get winded climbing the stairs or can’t fit into my jeans, I can’t imagine what that must have felt like

    [–]Threspian 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    I remember one Ted Talk where the speaker said his mom took him to a butcher at a grocery store to be weighed on the scale they use in the back for like full animals. That was his wake up call, luckily, he was only in high school when it happened.

    [–]a-little-progress 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I've also seen a super morbidly obese person have to get a scale that is used for cattle...

    [–]GlowQueen140If I eat only my feelings, I create a 500 calorie deficit. 172 points173 points  (4 children)

    "What can we learn from flies?"

    "You can eat all the rubbish and trash you want and still be tiny!" :O

    [–]purpleandorange1522 24 points25 points  (2 children)

    I mean, we use fruit flies as a model for a lot of things. We know more about their genome and development than about humans.

    [–]GrunkleCoffee25 M 42lbs lost and counting 49 points50 points  (1 child)

    Only because they breed rapidly, so you can study evolutionary effects due to them going through generations so quickly. It's not that they have any real correlation to human biology.

    [–]purpleandorange1522 21 points22 points  (0 children)

    Yeah, we use mice for the same reason.

    [–]zzaannsebar 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Not super relevant but I enjoy this quote and then retort provided by Sheldon from Big Bang Theory

    "You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar."

    "You catch more flies with manure. What's your point?"

    [–]kspinner 127 points128 points  (3 children)

    What a lovely sentiment from a healthcare professional. Your lifestyle choices don't matter, you can't help yourself, and you're hopeless. How inspiring.

    [–]Mukatsukuz 19 points20 points  (2 children)

    Makes their job easier, I guess

    [–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    Hugs, not diagnoses!

    [–]Mukatsukuz 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Congratulations! You are now a qualified dietitian. Just hug everyone and tell them to eat whatever they want.

    [–]Josh-Spice 73 points74 points  (3 children)

    Grass-fed beef is lean though... Cows aren't fat, they're a big ball of muscle that only gets fat when you confine them and feed them grain.

    [–]StephenReinsmith 25 points26 points  (2 children)

    Yeah this post accidentally debunks the point it's trying to make.

    Overfeeding cows on grain and limiting their movement is probably the first thing brought up in a cattle/ag class and it would be headlined "obviously, duh, to fatten up a cow this is what you'd do."

    [–]Vysharra 15 points16 points  (1 child)

    Yup. Pop-pop was an old school farmer on sharecropper land before he moved to the big city to make it big and propel our hillbilly-descendant asses into the middle class.

    He refused to eat corn. ‘Corn was animal feed’, especially off the cob, made for finishing animals before sending them to slaughter. It was a thing for years according to my mom (think white-ass suburbia ‘heaven’ with backyard bbqs and some lanky giant dude glaring at the corn on the cob).

    But then he tried sweet corn and all the other fun stuff, got a banking job, got fat, got hypertension, got heart disease, got diabetes, got cancer, nearly died, lost all the weight and was suddenly really healthy until cancer got him a few years later.

    Turns out he didn’t really have to cut out the real butter and fried chicken (in lard) that he was always waxing poetic about. He could have done a lot more good by cutting out the cheap white bread and going on his walks a few decades sooner.

    Poor Pops, they finished him in a desk chair on refined grains and sent him to the abittoir in the sky anyway. He tried I guess. o7

    [–]TalkingDong 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Yo my french grandparents who have a cattle farm don’t want to eat corn either. Guess where that’s from.

    [–]witchy_cheetah 63 points64 points  (0 children)

    I thought being called a cow, Buffalo ot elephant was an insult. Why do you want to be like them?

    Not even going into the point that large does not equal fat across species.

    [–]manx_cade 30 points31 points  (2 children)

    they eat thousands of pounds of greens every day though

    also, many cows are given some sort of grain for extra calories

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      [–]lemkofrompoland 5 points6 points  (0 children)

      Also they dont have enough food

      [–]Lemoncatnipcupcake 30 points31 points  (2 children)

      I was curious how much elephants ate and holy crap y'all

      Elephants may spend 12-18 hours a day feeding. Adult elephants can eat between 200-600 pounds of food a day. As herbivores, elephants consume grasses, tree foliage, bark, twigs, and other vegetation daily. Elephants can also drink up to 50 gallons of water a day about as much as a standard bathtub holds.

      [–]MrDanksky[🍰] 7 points8 points  (1 child)

      Well, they do weigh 6 tons+, and walk 18-22 hours a day while they search for food/water. They even sleep 2-3 hours a day standing up, and love to swim. They are anything but sedentary, unlike FAs.

      [–]Lemoncatnipcupcake 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      For sure, it's just that I never really thought about how much they are in actually numbers and then looking it up it was like woah lol. It makes sense but it's still impressive.

      They also aren't fat of course, big for sure but if you went up and palpated for ribs (a way to check body condition on animals) you'd probably feel them and if you couldn't I don't think it'd be because of obese levels of fat I think it'd be because they have thick skin and muscle.

      [–]silkwormsquirrel32, 5'8" | SW 323 | CW 255 | GW 180 69 points70 points  (1 child)

      Huh...it's almost like...they're admitting that it's a question of portion size and amount of exercise?

      No, that couldn't be it, obviously.

      [–]alexmbrennan 8 points9 points  (0 children)

      they're admitting that it's a question of portion size and amount of exercise?

      I thought that was the point of the picture? "You can't lose weight by eating unlimited quantities of healthy food"?

      [–]leitmotive 22 points23 points  (4 children)

      [–]timecube_traveler5'3" | CW 110; GW Wolverine 10 points11 points  (1 child)

      Sometimes I forget how tiny and fragile humans are compared to other species

      [–]evefue 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Yeah I was thinking the same, when you can see the actual scale of size next to the bikes it is a huge beautiful beast.

      [–]bookhermit 12 points13 points  (0 children)

      See? Ferdinand is jacked. Not fat.

      Cattle are all muscle, that's why they are domesticated for food.

      [–]KitKatKnitter 7 points8 points  (0 children)

      Biiig boi.

      [–]elegantvaporeon 25 points26 points  (1 child)

      Ok but that’s literally the cutest Ellie I’ve ever seen!

      [–]__stack_chk_fail 18 points19 points  (0 children)

      It’s the twitter elephant emoji. If you like that, a lot of their animal emoji are stylistically similar.

      [–]sentripetal 8 points9 points  (0 children)

      Ok completely stupid. Animals like an elephant are able to fully digest grass and other vegetation. They break down plant fiber to gather proteins. This is how they're able to get to the size that they are. Humans cannot break down plant material, which is exactly why we call it roughage. God, this is so retarded, it's not even funny.

      [–]kefuzzles 9 points10 points  (0 children)

      but those animals have less bodyfat than most people.

      pigs usually only have 15% bodyfat naturally

      [–]b-carbonateThe Poe’s law is strong with this one 8 points9 points  (0 children)

      Bro you can see their muscles when they walk, how dare you call them fat

      [–]UnderThisMoonnot fat enough to be fat 17 points18 points  (7 children)

      Is this from the kind of dietician that bought their qualification on the internet for $89?

      [–]AtomikRadioYes, actually, your weight IS my business. 21 points22 points  (6 children)

      At least in the United States dietitian is a protected title and you cannot buy a dietitian title. It requires a specialized degree, hundreds of hours of supervised practice, and sitting an exam. Then there's all of the continuing education involved. Unfortunately a lot of the well meaning RDs are drawn to health at every size concepts and don't realize some of the downsides to them, but if someone is a dietitian in the United States you can at least know that their education is legit, even if they're using it to preach questionable messages. There is no such thing as buying a dietitian title in the US.

      [–]Mashm4n 13 points14 points  (2 children)

      They usually call themselves 'Nutritionists' in the UK, that isn't a legally protected term here.

      Dietician / Dentist

      Nutritionist / Toothiologist

      Edit: Spelling

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      [–]Mashm4n 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Thank you!

      [–]UNSC_MC_117SBMI: 37 CBMI: 24 GBMI: 20 8 points9 points  (1 child)

      And yet the average BMI of a US citizen is 29

      [–]icecreampie3SW: 195 CW:151 GW:150 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      I didn't want to believe you that it was so high but here's a newspaper article to support you claim citing an actual report https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/20/health/us-average-height-weight-report/index.html?r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

      [–]rawker86 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      That’s comforting to know, it’s the same deal in Australia regarding protected titles. There are still a few differences though, including the fact that aussies aren’t allowed to advocate for a particular brand. We were watching one of those American medical shows and a dietitian came on to give some basic food tips, then launched into a spiel for some shake company. My wife had just finished her Masters and was like “oh no. Oh no no no.”

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        [–]Revolvette 11 points12 points  (0 children)

        It's so sad that people put out images like this. Imagine finally motivating yourself to start a diet of eating better and walking more, only to see a post like this.

        [–]gadjt 10 points11 points  (0 children)

        What did we learn from our bachelor's degree and studying for the registered dietitian exam?

        Nothing, apparently.

        [–]Amlik 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        So y are they offended when I call them a cow???

        [–]PessimisticGoals 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        Did they just call themselves cows?

        [–]icecreamishere 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        Few of these animals are obese in the wild, so this is a terrible analogy. It's scary that someone with high school level critical thinking skills (actually, I take that back, there are plenty of really intelligent high schoolers out there) passed the requirements to work as an RD and is actively advising others on nutrition in a clinical setting :(

        [–]Lucifers_Friend 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        They are less buffalo, and more "o lawd he comin"

        [–]kinkasho 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        I see, I knew going vegan and only eating salad would make me buff af!


        [–]Lady_Merle 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        Oh for crying out

        [–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        has anyone here ever slaughtered a cow before? they are absolute units and barely have any fat on them. I imagine the same for the other 2

        [–]thelaughingmansghost 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        Im no doctor, but I think that animals are different than animals in some certain key aspects

        [–]not-a-tapir29F 5'0" SW: 77kg CW: 54.2kg GW: 50kg 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        But cows, buffalos and elephants are big animals, they're not inherently fat animals.

        [–]mocha_latte_man 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Cheetahs only eat meat and are "skinny."


        [–]washie 8 points9 points  (1 child)

        I mean, it sounds to me that she's encouraging a healthy diet rather than those stupid fad diets that don't work?

        Obviously, no one is going to maintain a diet of just "grass" or whatever, but overweight people tend to think they can just do a short -term diet and then go back to eating shitty once they've lost some weight.

        Idk, maybe I'm being too optimistic, but to me this reads as telling fad dieters that they can succeed by eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and getting some real exercise.

        [–]uncannycat 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        But she's factually wrong and it's a horrible use of animals that are not fat unless domesticated and poorly kept.

        [–]ImProbablyNotABird 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Herbivores are larger because they require a longer digestive tract you twit

        [–]Woodit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Buffalos eat salad? Huh, I wonder if they like ranch or bleu cheese

        [–]unicorn6642 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Except that cows buffalos and elephants are extremely muscular and athletic and can run for miles lol...

        [–]Finn465213 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Elephants eat 200-600 pounds of food each day.

        [–]just_some_guy65 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Humans are the fattest animal relative to body size

        [–]PuzzledSwitch 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        it's like saying that we would be as buff as gorillas, if only we ate more vegetables.

        [–]T3lebrot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        What do we learn from animals? Racism is for assholes.

        [–]TragicEther 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        I thought this was a cute, funny joke - and then I saw what subreddit it was and unfortunately realised that someone probably posted it in all seriousness

        [–]PSUCharmas36M 5'9" SW: 252.5 CW: 169.4 GW: 160 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        I guess I'm just a tough sell on being told it's "impossible" to do something I did.

        [–]Geninue_NiceGuy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Elephants aren't even fat

        [–]wanderingdorathy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        I guess I read this more as sanity. I’m sure as a dietitian they get a lot of overweight people who “eat healthy food and exercise”

        Well, just because you’re eating (ranch, bacon, avocado, cheese) salads and going on 30 minute walks doesn’t mean you’re going to lose weight. I read this as “it’s not enough to just eat salads and walk- it’s more complex than that”

        That’s just my take I guess

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        [–]gentrifiedFUPA 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        And you’d have mad leafy diarrhea too.

        [–]theyrealltakenffs 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Is it possible to have your license taken away for this? Its genuinely harmful to her patients/clients?

        [–]sandowian 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        This is just a joke guys.

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          [–]ILoveHuckleberry 0 points1 point  (0 children)

          this had me lol-ing 😂😂😂

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            [–]_____no____ 0 points1 point  (1 child)

            "It's impossible to reduce weight by eating..."

            If only they had stopped there they would have been correct!

            [–]rawker86 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            I dunno, if you eat bleach you’ll lose a fair amount of weight.

            [–]bdog1321 0 points1 point  (2 children)

            the haes movement has instilled a deep distrust in internet "dieticians" in me now. seems like they're a dime a dozen on instagram, all look the same and all peddle this same BS. almost feels like MLM huns.

            [–]rawker86 1 point2 points  (1 child)

            I watched my wife study for the best part of a decade (nutrition degree, then masters degree in dietetics). This shit makes me livid. Thankfully “dietitian” is a protected profession so you can’t just go around calling yourself one, Not for long anyway. Still sucks that nutritionists who studied for years are so easily lumped in with people who got their “degree” online.

            [–]bdog1321 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Of course, no disrespect to the actual hardworking professionals like your wife. I bet it pisses her off too.

            [–]upstagedalacazar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Hold my fries while I compare myself to a cow, buffalo, and an elephant.

            [–]Morall_tachCan run up a whole flight of stairs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            It's impossible to reduce weight by eating green grass and walking if you eat 20 hours a day.

            Also, these animals aren't fat, they're just round. In reality, most adult mammals don't exceed 35% body fat, and that's walruses and whales.

            Take a quick look at what a human with 35% body fat looks like. A lot of these people don't even look that fat. We might not even call them obese. But they're literally fatter than cows, walruses, whales, elephants, and any other big rotund animal you can think of.

            [–]LangstonHugeD 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Well they are right. Eating more salads won’t help you lose weight, especially if you eat 70,000 calories of it like the elephant do.

            But it turns out that elephants who are less sedentary are less fat. Go figure. Btw elephants are really cool. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/fat-threatens-elephants-with-heart-disease-and-its-hard-to-weigh-them/2014/07/21/ffe8c5b2-0ea5-11e4-8c9a-923ecc0c7d23_story.html?utm_term=.0c58c53195c5

            [–]HumanTrashMaggot12 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            I was going to say "does this chick want to be a cow" but then I realised she already is one

            [–]Da_Machete 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            registered dietitian - eat less, move more, easy job. thats why they make up crazy theories like this...

            [–]matchy_matchyRefugee from The Land of Joyful Nourished Tummies 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            What's even the point of being a dietitian who promotes HAES and FA bullshit? Your clients can go online and get the same brand of delusional cheerleading for free.

            [–]heyouguys12 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            what do we learn from lions and tigers? eat cows and buffaloes, skip greens, get ripped! lol

            [–]Jorjors 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Oh god are these people not regulated???

            [–]KhorreedSW 244 lbs CW 199 lbs GW 165 lbs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

            Actually thats perfect example of no matter how much you exercize if you burn less than you eat you will gain