The fat banker

Recently, I had occasion to visit one of Oregon’s fine credit unions. These institutions offer many services, and  they provide competition to traditional banks. They tend to be friendly, informal, places. Not that my local bank is unfriendly; I’m always greeted with a smile there, and they have free coffee. But my neighborhood credit union offers free pop corn as well. Hard to beat that!
Unfortunately, this recent visit was not to my local credit union. It was to one on the other side of town, in not-so-friendly East Portland, home to many tweakers and white trash – who have formed an unholy alliance of filth with trayvons and other assorted diversity.
The female banker who sat across from me gave the impression she had no intention of doing anything more than the minimum for me. A smile would cost me extra. When I asked for a specific printed document, she curtly informed me that such documents weren’t provided. Only after I mentioned that I’d been told, previously by phone, that I’d get such a document, did she acquiesce.
As she rose from her chair, I understood her reluctance. Her buttocks was so large, it almost took the chair with it. As I starred in disbelief, I imagined how each year it must have spread out, like some sort of personal continental drift, over the chair she was required to sit upon for 8 hours a day. Given enough time, it would spill over to the floor and create a tripping hazard to her coworkers.
What a way to make a living! There are exercises one can do while seated, but not with a steady stream of customers coming your way. She could attend a gym, or go on a diet, but maintaining a healthy weight is usually an uphill battle when one’s job consists of sitting at a desk for long hours. Diets typically don’t work either.  Perhaps she had few other choices when she chose to take the credit union job. I try not to be judgmental.
But there was a time, not very long ago, when a woman didn’t have to take a job. All she had to do was get married and let her man bring home the bacon. Her job, and we’re reminded it wasn’t an easy one, was to be a “homemaker” and to raise kids.
According to Self’s calorie calculator, a woman can burn almost 200 calories by doing housework for an hour. With several hours of housework, and responsible eating, she can maintain a svelte figure. Others have pointed out that feminism causes obesity by increasing the number of prepared meals we eat at the expense of home-cooked meals. This may be so, but desk jobs certainly share some of the blame – and many of the women, who now work such jobs, would have been better off doing housework and raising kids. That way, she’d have time to cook her own (healthy) meals and she’d be burning almost 200 calories an hour.
In general, I don’t think it makes much sense “making a living” by dying. A desk job may not be as bad as being a coal miner (in the old days) but people need to set some sort of limit: “If my butt spreads out beyond such and such a point, I’m getting up off this chair and finding a more active job.”

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15 Responses to The fat banker

  1. Aaron says:

    This sounds like a sad experience.
    I have been seeing these same types of people lately: fat, unhappy women and scrawny, tweaker guys. I have often thought that both groups would be better off if they had married each other. Women tend to nag men and keep them away from extremely stupid behavior (no tweaking!). The man could earn an income and help with traditionally manly endeavors like fixing things and mowing the lawn. The woman could be a homemaker or work part-time and cook for her kids instead of feed her face. I think both would parties be much better off this way.

  2. Let me guess. The marvels of the 82nd Ave corridor? Outer Sandy?

  3. Nationalist says:

    So she lied to you saying the document was not available just to avoid the effort of getting out of the chair?!
    I urge you to go back and ask for several more documents. But ask for them one at a time – waiting until she has sat down each time. You’d be doing her a favor. 😉

  4. icareviews says:

    I have no experience with credit unions, but my local bank usually has fairly good-looking young women working as tellers – all no doubt kept as a harem, real or symbolic, for the manager. They seem to change every few months, probably after the novelty of their charms has worn off and the boss is tired of them. There’s also an unappealing old woman whose desk I always pass on the way to the tellers. This person, I think, must be pretty good at whatever she does, since there’s probably no ulterior motive for keeping her around.

    • Aaron says:

      They probably shift so much because tellers make very little money.
      They might be local undergrads or something.

      • icareviews says:

        Yeah, I was kidding. They do tend to be more attractive than the average run of folks, however, which leads me to wonder if there aren’t qualifications other than counting ability that come into play in selection.

  5. Staffan says:

    While the modern environment has made the average weight increase, the extreme example you mention is probably more related to personality traits. There is a pretty good study done on this that found impulsivity, lack of self-discipline and similar traits to be related to overweight. Needless to say, that study was not talked about much in the MSM.

  6. George says:

    Lots of office workers in other countries manage to be quite thin. It has nothing to do with that. Asians are thin, and no one does home cooking in Asia. Nearly everyone eats at the inexpensive, delicious food stalls that are everywhere. You talk as if labor saving devices and office work is unique to America, yet they are highly prevalent in the thinnest countries in the world, the Asian ones.
    It helps to look beyond our borders and at the world at large before coming to conclusions, yet somehow, when it comes to obesity, nobody looks beyond America. It’s very puzzling to me. It’s not just you, JAY, I see this everywhere in discussions of American obesity. Factors are singled out as the culprit that are common, often even more prevalent, in thin countries. It’s a very distressing and regrettable intellectual myopia, and so unnecessary!

    • SFG says:

      OK, you’ve been around the world. Why are we so fat?

      • celebratehomogeneity says:

        Lots of them walk to work. I also notice something else in my limited travel: their food is better. It seems, at least in my thinking, that there is more nutritional value in it. I am diabetic. I noted that my blood sugar count dropped quite a bit in both Italy and Spain.

      • George says:

        They eat less. They care about how they look. Countries that are thin are fashion conscious, elitist, and snobbish. They don’t count calories. And they they eat what they like, which is usually delicious. They don’t approach food scientifically, either with content, or with amount.
        One final thing, perhaps the most important. They understand the delicate art of portion size, which our diet industry does not. You can eat little but not too little – tradition helps thin countries mediate this difficult patch. Our science has yet to figure out portion size. It’s very individual. They listen to feelings rather than formulas.
        And that’s it. Following this has led me from being a fat American to permanently thin and svelte. But no one in America would dream of following this approach. It doesn’t count calories, focus on macronutrients, or appear the least bit “scientific”.
        P.S they walk little. They are as lazy as Americans.

    • BX says:

      I also think it’s at least partly genetics. i.e. Croatian women are generally thin, even if they eat a lot of crap. Maori women are generally BIG, even if they eat rice crackers with nothing but a thin spread of vegemite each meal.
      Far from all Americans are big, many are thin no matter what they eat, but being such a mixed country, there is bound to be a big number being overweight. Mix that with a fatty diet with no culture of reasonable portion sizes, and there will be obesity problems.

      • George says:

        It’s 95% portion sizes. Genetics has very little to do with it. When Croatian women come to America they become fat. When Asians come to America they become fat. Do a google search about it – you’ll find tons of stories. It’s a recognized phenomenon.

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