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Too big for the subway seat

I have a 20 minute commute and nothing irritates me more than when I see someone taking up a seat and a 1/2. Or, even worse, when you make yourself crouch so that you can fit into that 1/2 seat and you get grunts from the bigger person next to you, as if how dare you try to sit there. Same on planes. Being that big really puts a burden on everyone.

Thu. Nov 15, 9:26am

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I'm wondering if you're super-petite, OP. b/c the only time in my life that I haven't been too big for the subway seat was when I weighed 115 lbs. Now I weigh 135 (healthy weight for my height) and my shoulders always touch the person next to me. I have broad shoulders. I think the seats are designed to pack people in like cattle. The more people in the car, the less cars they need.

Thursday, November 15, 2007, 9:41 AM

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OP: Just because this is a health site doesn't mean you should be bashing people who are heavy. What's the point?

Thursday, November 15, 2007, 10:11 AM

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OP. Have you ever wondered how they feel? and as 9;41 says, planes etc donĀ“t have what you could call very acomodating seating for anybody.

Thursday, November 15, 2007, 10:21 AM

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OP, have you ever considered that the seats are getting smaller because they can fit more people on there and save on gas money, therefore, keeping your fair lower?

Thursday, November 15, 2007, 10:44 AM

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Let them argue with you, but I agree fully. I've had the on the plane situation. I am incredibly claustrophobic, and I was stuck in the middle seat in between a larger man and a woman about my size. The larger man was on the outside seat, and if I had to use the rest room or just to take a breath in order not to freak out about the cramped space, he would become pretty much infuriated that he had to stand up to let me out. Nevermind the fact that he had been in at least a quarter of my seat the whole flight. He's really lucky I didn't have a panic attack.

To be perfectly honest, they're putting a huge burden on themselves as well as everyone else. I used to be a fairly large girl (never two seats full, but enough to be unhealthy), and now I'm lighter and healthier. Much lighter and much healthier. Mind you, we don't know everyone's story, we don't know why they've accumulated so much weight (a health condition, medication, extreme stress, depression), but as human beings we were gifted with self-realization and the ability to take charge of our own health, mind, and bodies. People need to stand up and take responsibility for themselves.

I'm tired of people (in life and on this site) coddling the morbidly obese. I by no means think that we should be horrible to people that are overweight, but I don't see why they're off limits for ridicule when very thin people aren't. How many times have you seen "stick thin anorexic" or some other ridiculous thing on this site? Or how many times have you heard a friend say something about someone's LACK OF heft in public? No one ever becomes irate about that. But one little comment about people and their lack of fitting into a seat on a subway bus, and all hell breaks loose.

Thursday, November 15, 2007, 10:50 AM

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