What This 700 Pound Model's Example Proved To Any 20-Something-Year-Old

What This 700 Pound Model's Example Proved To Any 20-Something-Year-Old

She says, "This is my life, and it's the way I want to live it."

On Barcroft TV's show entitled "Hooked On The Look", people across the world are featured describing their addictions to their public image and showcasing what they do to maintain their look. The show ranges from men and women addicted to getting tattoos, waist training, botoxing, and working out.

Facebook featured a video of one woman in particular from the show who weighs 700 pounds. 27 year old Monica Riley is from Fort Worth, Texas. At 91 inches round, she needs help rolling over when she feels full. Monica eats anywhere from 6000-8000 calories in one day.

To help achieve this, her boyfriend Sidney makes her weight gain shakes that consist of ice cream, milk, heavy cream, and two strawberry Pop Tarts. Sid helps her eat and encourages her in her dreams to get even bigger. He later comes back to say, "I am worried about her health, but, you know, ultimately it's her body, her choice. Not mine."

Monica feels sexy as a fat woman, and she says her ultimate goal is to reach 1000 pounds. She says she is "turned on" by the feeling of her obese midsection, and can be satisfied simply when Sid touches her belly.

Monica isn't the only one who enjoys this. She has a large (if you'll pardon the pun) following on YouTube, and she can earn up to $600 for doing a photo shoot in lingerie surrounded by junk food.

Before she was with Sidney, however, she needed help with these shoots. This is where her 15 year old step brother, Joseph, came in.

He says after some getting used to, it began to feel normal.

Monica's mother is mostly unaware of her obsession before the episode, and uses it to reveal her true ambitions. Her mother, as we would hope, is shocked, worried, saddened, and disgusted by her actions.

Monica tells the show that her ex-boyfriend encouraged her to lose so much weight that she almost qualified for a weight loss surgery, but she hated the way it made her feel.

The good news is, since she and Sid are thinking about kids, she is considering the weight loss for that purpose. She says that she miscarried both times she got pregnant, so if they decide to try again, she would start eating healthier.

Monica ends the show by assuring us, "This is my life, and it's the way I want to live it." Isn't that what we all want for ourselves?

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3 Things You Should NEVER Say To An INFP

We may the the patient one in the group, but that can teardown real quick.

Personalities can vary from person to person, and once we are old enough, we try to understand our feelings and personalities. According to one such personality test, the Myers Briggs test.

This test incorporates the possible personalities of judgment, perception, sensing, intuition, thinking, feeling, extraversion, and introversion. The outcomes are 16 possible personality types. (Disclaimer, although no personality test is definitely or valid by science, this is a common personality test used by Universities.)

I am what is called an INFP. (Introversion, intuition, feeling, and perception.) INFP’s are very idealistic people who are patient, creative, and emotional. We tend to like being by ourselves and just want everyone to get along.

It wasn’t until taking this test and looking into what makes an INFP that I understood why I have been so careful about my words and crying out of nowhere. However, not all people understand personality types or how to deal with a friend who might be this way. There are many phrases that can upset INFP’s such as…

1. “You’re too sensitive.”

As an INFP, we are in-tuned to our emotions and the emotions of others around us. We can be strongly persuaded by thoughts or verbal messages of cruelty, bullying, and other negative motives. Instead of sharing our feelings with others and talking to someone about it, we are introverted and prefer to keep our emotions hidden away and deal with them in our own terms.

Don’t be surprised if we cry out of anger or frustration because that is naturally the coping mechanism that we are first drawn to. Instead of pointing out or emotional state, try to give the INFP some time and space to figure things out. They will come to you when the time is right.

2. “Grow up.”

As we get older, everyone deals and realizes the harsh realities of the world around us. The violence, hatred, segregation of many types of people, are just some of the injustices we see and hear about every day. INFP’s have a sense of child-like imagination spurring inside of them. They like to see the good in others and everyone around them.

Because of this, people may not correlate INFP’s to understanding real-world issues or believe that they are being “too naïve” about the circumstances surrounding us. But clearly, this isn’t true since INFP’s have a strong sense of morality as well. We know “right from wrong” and “truth and deceit.” We try to stay as true to ourselves as much as we can, but just because we choose to see the bright side of things, doesn’t make us childish.

3. “You take everything too seriously.”

Part of being a feeling oriented individual, INFP’s can take anything someone says personally, whether it's good or bad. From a critical standpoint, it's true that we aren’t the best at taking it. This is because we are the “what if” person. We constantly overthink every comment that comes our way and we think a mile a minute into understanding what someone could have meant.

We don’t mean for this to happen, but part of us can’t help but consider every aspect of a statement, and therefore, tend to take things more serious than it should be.

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Parkland, Florida's Mass Shooting Taught Me To Expect Catastrophes While Keeping An Open Mind And Heart

I soon realized that my indifference to the recent school shooting wasn't was nearly as disturbing as it was pragmatic.

I've been watching the local and national news ever since I was old enough to look at a screen. It's all part of a daily routine that, save school breaks and Sundays, has not been broken in years. Every morning, my brother and I would wake up a good hour and a half before school to my father's call. My family isn't talkative in the mornings, so my father would switch on the TV, and we'd all begin the day with a healthy dose of WSBTV'S Channel 2 Action News. Then, the clock would strike 7 a.m., and we'd spend the remainder of our pre-school morning watching ABC's Good Morning America.

The thing about watching that much news (besides being more well-informed than most of my elementary-aged and middle-school aged peers) is that one gets accustomed to hearing a plethora of local and national and international tragedies on a daily basis. Missing children on Monday, mystery murders on Tuesday, tragic car crashes on Wednesday, thieves on Thursday, corpses of the missing children found on Friday and so on. As I was born post-Columbine, I could depend on hearing of school shootings monthly or so with varying degrees of success.

While the widely repeated "no news is good news" isn't strictly true, it was perhaps 99 percent true for me, and over time, I've become desensitized to tragic events to an alarming degree.

When I first heard about the school shooting through one of Alpharetta Odyssey teammates, I couldn't even be bothered to look it up. 17 dead, she said. Tragic, I thought, before realizing that it had been a while since there was a successful school shooting. With how common they've become, it felt like we had one long overdue.

As my community peers expressed their shock at humanity's general decline, I had two epiphanies in subsequent order.

First, I noticed how people avoided liking my post like they were with everyone else’s because of how disturbing the concept of normalizing something as horrific as school shootings is. Second, I soon realized that my attitude isn't was nearly as disturbing as it was pragmatic.

It's horrible that I've learned to normalize the idea that some humans simply lack hearts. But once you get past the initial implication associated with the idea, you will realize how ignorant we are to continue to be shocked every time something slightly more tragic happens at this point in time. I’m writing this on February 14, 2018 — Valentine's Day. We are only one and a half months into 2018, and there have been 18 school shootings (of varying degrees of success) in the America.

It's about time we start learning to expect situations like this and prepare ourselves accordingly, like the way we do for other unexpected disasters, such as fires and tornado warnings. And while it can be truly difficult to implement a feasible school-wide system against the ingenuity of the determined heartless, we should replace the mentality "Oh, it's never going to happen to me," with "It might happen to me." (But in moderation. There's also something to be said about being so afraid of possibly dying that one simply fails to live.)

It's truly tragic that we have to resort to such a mentality. But then again, it would be much more tragic to actually die without ever having considered that dying is a very real possibility.

With that all said, however, do not start singling out people you may see as potential school shooters. That is an unsolicited assumption, and you seriously do not know that person as well as him/herself. Only that person can know if they are capable of shooting up a school. Second, pointing out certain people and alienating them based on assumptions might actually be the direct cause of the suspected person shooting up a school. Driving a person into a corner puts everyone in danger.

I truly applaud the people who continue to believe the best in people, despite events like this occurring. Those are the people who let their guards down and are open-minded, regardless. And though it may seem counter intuitive, it is actually people like these who are the best remedy to the prevention of school shootings. People with true friends (or at least people who have someone to reach out to, at the very least) are much less likely to become the perpetrators of such a catastrophic scenario with such a collateral ending.

Nevertheless, we should learn to expect catastrophes, while also keeping open minds and open hearts. I know. It's not easy. But for the sake of everyone, know that the effort is worth it.

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