offended at losing weight

These days, I don’t get surprised too much at the stupidity of some people nor at how easily they get offended.  I don’t know if people have always been this stupid, or if our society somehow breeds it in some type of “experiment-gone-wrong” type way.  But either way, some people sure do get offended easily.  Here’s a unique example, which really happened recently.

A 19-year-old overweight guy named Broderick Laswell was arrested last September for beating and stabbing a guy, then setting his house on fire.  When he went to jail, he weighed 413 pounds.  (That’s not just slightly overweight, either — it’s more like “the back of your neck looks like a pack of sausages” fat.)  Anyway, in jail, he’s fed “only” 2300 to 3000 calories per day.  And he’s tried to work out a few times, but he started feeling faint.  He claims that this faintness is due to hunger pains from diminished calorie intake, though it’s more likely because he’s morbidly obese.  I mean, when you’re over 400 pounds, walking across the parking lot is a workout.  (Not that I’d know personally, nor will I be researching this.)

Anyway, this guy is suing the jailers for “lack of nutrition” because he’s lost 105 pounds and is now down to a still-not-healthy 308 pounds.  He claims that this “lack of nutrition” causes his stomach to hurt and growl and be hungry again within an hour of eating.

So, to summarize this, a fat guy commits a crime, goes to jail, is forced to eat a normal amount of food, loses weight, and files a lawsuit over it.  Is he offended at being less fat?  Or does he think prisoners should be fed from a buffet every day?  What is he thinking?

4 thoughts on “offended at losing weight

  1. Not a Prisoner, but stayed at a Holiday Inn Express

    I bet he was planning on throwing his weight around when he got to prison. Now he’s worried he won’t have enough to throw.

    Or he could have had a “See who can have a heart attack and die first” contest going on, and is concerned he may not win.

  2. Not a Prisoner, but stayed at a Holiday Inn Express

    Fun with Maths
    The Internet seems to agree that a pound of body fat is about 3500 calories. Which means that he has lost 367,500 calories of weight. If he was arrested in September, then he’s been in jail for 7 months, or roughly 210 days. Assuming the weight has been lost at a constant rate, and as a result of only eating less than before, we can guess how much he ate ‘on the outside’.

    He’s getting between 2300 and 3000 a day now, and has lost an average of 1750 a day. His daily meals would then have been between 4,050 and 4,750 calories a day.

    I bet he liked buffets.

  3. Thomas Wayne

    I’m a math atheist, so I’ll leave the calorie counting to others. I have no idea how many calories I eat per day, and I like it that way.

    If you start counting calories or fat grams, you’ll have doubt in your mind when you want to eat at a pizza buffet or seafood buffet or Mexican all-you-can-eat restaurant or something like a Wendy’s Baconator. The Bible says that we shouldn’t doubt, that it makes a man unstable in all his ways. Obviously, “all his ways” refers to everything, even eating. I don’t like being unstable. (Having a strong center of gravity helps be stable, too.)

    Also, while I’m referencing Scripture, we should have “faith like a child”. When you’re a child, you don’t worry about your food at all. You eat what you like. I don’t want to worry about whether I’ll survive eating my next meal, so I just have faith that I’ll be okay.

    I know, some folks will think I’m weird and/or strange, but I like living a simple life. Like some say, “ignorance is bliss”. I don’t like to worry and stress about stuff. Plus I’m optimistic. Like, I plan to live forever. So far, so good. 🙂

  4. Update-o-tron

    The latest news reguarding this case is that the guards at this prison have recently spotted this prisoner giving his food away. I guess it doesn’t matter how much food is provided to you if you don’t eat it.

What's on your mind?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s