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When it comes to balding or Graying does it seem people care about that more than being overweight?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26821points) January 21st, 2015

When I think of all the people I know, knew or heard of, whether man or woman it seems balding was more of a concern than being fat or getting fat. More hair in the sink or shower was more alarming to them than an expanding waistline. With women Graying was almost equal to hair loss but still more alarming than ever increasing weight. Why would someone be more alarmed because they have more Gray or have hair that is thinning but do nothing about the ever increasing pounds and inches?

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CuriosityKills's avatar

Coloring your hair is much easier than changing your physique, and offers instant gratification. If I could spend $10 at CVS and be rid of my saddlebags and paunch for 4–6 weeks, I’d definitely do it!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

My hair is deserting me, but I weigh the same or less than I did in high school. I’m not too worried about the hair.

zenvelo's avatar

Because their hair is evident to them every morning when they look in the mirror, but most people are blind to their physique when look at them selves head on in a mirror.

josie's avatar

I have never been overweight and heaven forbid I ever would be. I probably won’t be bald any time soon.
I recently discovered a few gray hairs. I didn’t much like it.

ucme's avatar

You should ask your mother, only kidding, its good for morale you know.

Cruiser's avatar

I would have to disagree….many of the bald/balding men I know are fit active people who choose to shave their heads because their genes gave them thinning hair. On the other hand the overweight people I know are either balding and or gray who have made the choice to be fat and unhealthy. I also have a couple frat bothers both fit and fat with amazing heads of hair that is all gray. IMO it all comes down to self esteem and making a choice to not letting thin or grey hair dictate how you present yourself….you can be bald or grey and look like a million bucks…if you want to. All a matter of choice.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@zenvelo Because their hair is evident to them every morning when they look in the mirror, but most people are blind to their physique when look at them selves head on in a mirror.
These people do not have full length mirrors in their homes? How could you not notice how fat you are getting when you can’t reach your toes to dry them after a shower, if you were able to wash yourself and ignore what is under your hands and before your eyes?

@ucme You should ask your mother, only kidding, its good for morale you know.
I would, but she passed on some 12 years ago, but when I meet her again in Paradise, I will sure ask her. ;-)

@Cruiser I would have to disagree….many of the bald/balding men I know are fit active people who choose to shave their heads because their genes gave them thinning hair. On the other hand the overweight people I know are either balding and or gray who have made the choice to be fat and unhealthy.
See what you just said? The healthy men did something to disguise or minimize their Grey while the fat guys with a full head of hair did not care about the Grey on their head enough to do anything about it, and certainly made no attempt to do anything about their weight.

CWOTUS's avatar

It’s amazing to me that people care about any of these entirely superficial aspects of their appearance more than they care about spelling, proper syntax, misplaced modifiers, illogic and a preference for mysticism over science. But maybe that’s just me and my inability to fit into the world as it is, instead of the world as it ought to be.

jca's avatar

To piggyback onto what @CWOTUS said, it’s amazing to me that people care more about and know more about the winners of American Idol, the Kardashians and Jay Z than they know and care about their local politicians and voting in elections. The organization that I work for does political phone banking and advocating for politicians at election time, and you’d be surprised how many people know nothing about who their elected officials are and the powers and services provided by their local governments.

tinyfaery's avatar

Maybe they don’t give a shit about their weight. Why do you?

gailcalled's avatar

“With women Graying was almost equal to hair loss but still more alarming than ever increasing weight.”

None of the women I hang around with are alarmed at going gray. I am certainly not.

JLeslie's avatar

I guess it depends on the extreme. In terms of vanity, I am more freaked out about my hair loss than weighing ten pounds more than I want to. If I was 40 pounds overweight I might be more freaked out about that. If we are talking about health and not vanity the feelings would be different.

Also, I agree with zenvelo. Clothing can cover up some weight, but your hair is out there for all to see unless you wear a wig or something to cover your hair. Moreover, a lot of America is overweight, but fewer people are grey I would bet, I should say fewer women. Same with women going bald, it’s a minority of women and very distressing.

ucme's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central Comic timing…not!

jca's avatar

We live in a youth oriented society and one where looking vibrant can be critical. People are turned down for jobs for looking old and haggard, but not typically for being a few pounds overweight. That’s just one example how how gray hair can be a hindrance.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I started going bald when I was in my late 20s. I’m just about bald now. Never bothered me. I figured – nothing I can do about it, so what the heck.

Dutchess_III's avatar

As one of the first posts said, disguising gray or balding hair takes only minutes and doesn’t require a life change. Losing weight takes months or years and requires and an entire life style change.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

I guess when it comes down to it, it is more the level of vanity than health that directs the action…...

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