Random question


Generally no one takes offence when they are called tall. A few short people, and here I am not talking about Inspired1, but those with short tempers( you see what I did there), seem to take offence at being reminded of their vertical challenges.

Why do some people find it offensive to say someone is horizontally endowed? Or is facing horizontal challenges? That is, polite speak for fat.

But while we are here, what’s the threshold for fat? Do we use the medical descriptors of obese and overweight?

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

48 thoughts on “Random question

  1. I may be vertically challenged, but, like my wonderful President, I’m very well endowed horizontally. And to quote the late, great Humpty Dumpty, ” And though I be but 3ft tall and as rotund as an elephant’s arse, do but lay me on my side so my horizontal becomes vertical, and I shall out-man even the thinnest of those among you. “

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  2. I am 5 ft. tall & in my case its been in my favour for hip replacement recovery, & I don’t need the booster pads for sitting in chairs in most cases. Not supposed to bend more than 90 degrees & that would be more difficult to avoid if I were taller.

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  3. Violet says:

    I’ve never heard the expression “horizontally challenged” before…it made me chuckle a little.

    The other day I wa thinking about what defining prejudice was considered most acceptable for each generation. For my grandparents generation, I believe that prejudice was against black people (sorry Mak). For my parents generation, I believe the defining prejudice was against homosexuals. For my generation, I think the last acceptable prejudice is against fat people. So perhaps it’s the pervasive cultural hammering this issue is getting right now that makes people especially sensitive.

    What is considered fat? I suppose medical definitions will have to do, otherwise there’s no way to sort out objective opinions. I’m of normal weight, but my personal aesthetic is that I don’t mind a little fat on people. Perhaps it’s because I dated bodybuilders when I was a young thing, and to me there is nothing more boring than women and men whose primary focus is their physique.

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  4. jim- says:

    Does my blog make me look fat? HEHE. I think if you look fat. You probably are overweight although the medical criteria doesn’t really account for body type when considering healthy BMI

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  5. My mind must be in the gutter because I thought “horizontally endowed” meant something completely different.

    I’m 5’2″ and have been the target of insensitive remarks and outright insults all my life. Apparently, being shorter than average is some kind of abnormality or disease in the minds of many. So, I can relate to the sensitivities of overweight people.

    Jerk#1: “What’s it like to be so short?”
    Me: “I dunno. What’s it like to be so stupid?”

    Jerk#2: “How’s the air down there?”
    Me (while experiencing flatulence): “I dunno. How’s the AIR up there?”

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  6. Nan says:

    “As time passes …” (my daughter’s expression for getting old), we tend to gain horizontally and lose vertically. I’ve done both.

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  7. Scottie says:

    Hell Mak,
    I am enjoying my life as best one can. I think if your shape is not threatening your health directly ( not some long term maybe , but more imminently ) then be happy. I am now 5.7 ( lost an inch and 3/4 over the years per my primary care Doc ) and 192 pounds. I have a large belly , which in my youth we called a pot belly. I got it during my years of being sedimentary and unable to move well or exercise. So I don’t care. I enjoy now being able to move and maybe I will lose some, maybe not. I doubt I will ever be able to change the shape my body took now at nearly 55 years old. Still I have a grand time and enjoy being able to get out, do , see, be, and interact with people. I love going to my local grocery down the road a bit, a Publix. The people are so grand, the ones at the registers so helpful, the kids take my groceries to the van for me and load them in. Don’t have to ask they just do it, and it gives them a job, and they won’t take tips no matter what. I love talk to people in the store. Most are pleasant and happy to chat, a very few are rude assholes. So whatever your shape, weight, height, or ability enjoy what you can and don’t let others ruin your day. Hugs

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  8. Peter says:

    Generally in society most people desire to be in a ‘normal’ range. A few years back a study found that short men and tall women tended to find it harder to find partners, I don’t know if this still holds.

    As to weight is it any wonder people are getting wider? After all we evolved to crave food because food tended to be in short supply. But when food is abundant it can be a challenge to discipline oneself. When I look at photos form the past it is clear that, on average, people were thinner than they are now.

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  9. shelldigger says:

    I think if the word rotund comes up, fat is the expectation. There is a lot of room between skinny and rotund though. Big boned, chunky, chubby, fluffy, full figured, and portly, for example. I am still fairly physically fit for a 5’10.5″ 215 lb ornery cuss, though my gut, not yet a beer belly, is belying my age.

    As with Mr. Vella, my mind went somewhere else with horizontally challenged.

    I do not make fun of short people. They come in handy when I need a place to put my beer. 😉 (that’s a terrible joke, no mobs with torches and pitchforks please, damn internet)

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  10. Peter says:

    I should add that there are always exceptions to height norms. Here is a picture of AC/DC’s Angus Young with his wife (they have been married for over 30 years):

    I suppose the solution is for short men to marry tall women.

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  11. renudepride says:

    Probably, it’s best to allow the person who is using the descriptive terminology to define what specifically they mean. What is a challenge to one may very well be the norm for another. Good question, my Kenyan brother! Naked hugs!

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