See More Fat People

5 comments | December 30th, 2011

(Story submitted anonymously, by a Chestist)

One reader writes us with this:

I'd love to see more fat people on TV. In most shows I've watched it seems like very few characters are fat.

Sometimes a TV show will basically have one token fat person, like Lost or Glee. It seems rare to have multiple fat characters unless the show is specifically about fat people.

Occasionally I'll be watching a TV show and when a person who is even a little bit fat does appear someone I'm watching with will comment that they're fat like it's some sort of novelty.

It would be nice to see enough fat people on TV that it wasn't remarkable. {end story}

We've talked about this before, but not in a while.  What would you like to see more of (or less of) reflected in popular culture?  DO you see you?  How's it make you feel?


  • Anonymous

    Posted on December 30, 2011

    What gets me is how the people TV calls fat mostly just aren’t.

    Well, also how male comedians can get away with being fat but female performers of any kind pretty much are not allowed. Even women who got their start by playing the Fat Character routinely shrink away, and then we’re left with JLo being the example of “curvy”.

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  • MT

    Posted on December 30, 2011

    How about Hispanics? There are no Hispanics on TV!

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  • Jennifer Jonassen

    Posted on January 2, 2012

    As an actress living in hollywood I have to say it feels really frustrating at times. Most of the material I am offered is so offensive I just cant do it. And even the projects I do accept somehow seem to dangle precariously on the edge of being offensive. Most of my career I have been type cast as the mother (starting from my late teens in college!) The rest of the roles were generally unflattering etc security guards, tough characters and unattractive characters.

    I also hate that every role on tv and film with a larger character has a storyline about weight. Honestly I would love to play a character whose weight never entered into the storyline.

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  • '30sgirl

    Posted on January 2, 2012

    I would love to see more fat folks on tv, and more of a variety of body shapes. I’m a fat gal, and while I love seeing fat characters on tv, I rarely see fat women who have body shapes like mine. Most of the fat women I see on tv are more “proportional” – i.e., their top halves and bottom halves are generally in proportion; big top half, big bottom half. I’m a fat gal with a bigger top and middle, and not much going on in my hips or butt area. My shoulders are broader than my hips and I have big boobs and a big tum. The only two women I’ve seen on tv who have similar body shapes are Sarah Rue in her pre-Jenny Craig days, and Sherri Shepherd. And both of them starred in the same sit-com together (Less Than Perfect). I’d love to see that kind of body diversity represented in more tv shows, and not all on the same show.

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    • Emma,London,England

      Posted on January 2, 2012

      We have the same problem over here in England, whenever a larger person is on a tv show they are either stupid,lazy or portrayed as greedy-forever with food in their hand,even on kids tv they show the fat kid constantly eating or is dumb.How can i as a parent teach my little girl (who doesn’t have a weight problem) that she should except people for who they are and NOT what they look like,when tv show’s telling her something else?

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