NO fatties on Star Trek?

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    Jul 09, 2010 6:10 PM GMT
    I am in no way considered a Trekkie but do enjoy the movies and etc. I LOVED the most recent Star Trek, really good. But as I sit and watch these movies I always wonder where are all the fatties or overweight people?

    Everyone has on these skin tight uniforms that look absolutely amazing but you never see anyone over weight or even with love handles.

    Are we to believe that in the future there is no such thing? haha.
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    Jul 09, 2010 6:19 PM GMT
    redbull saidI am in no way considered a Trekkie but do enjoy the movies and etc. I LOVED the most recent Star Trek, really good. But as I sit and watch these movies I always wonder where are all the fatties or overweight people?

    Everyone has on these skin tight uniforms that look absolutely amazing but you never see anyone over weight or even with love handles.

    Are we to believe that in the future there is no such thing? haha.


    Fat and obese are illogical conditions. Why would earthlings send such people into space for long periods of time, is this a positive way of presenting earthlings to other races and civilizations? Would that please the other star ship travelers?
    Simply illogical, but you made quite a fascinating observation.
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    Jul 09, 2010 6:23 PM GMT
    I always assume that since they don't even have money in the Star Trek universe, that health care both in terms of the individual and society have advanced apace.

    That is, giant multinational corporations do not collude with the government to poison the working classes with HFCS, trans fat, and factory farmed hormone laden meat. Individuals eat in a way that is responsible and provides their bodies with what they need - to do what they want to do.

    Since the Star Trek universe is a true socialist meritocracy without class or wealth differentiation that partitions access to health care, education, and resources, people are free to do jobs that interest them and probably that influences their mental health. They then choose to engage in life affirming activities such as eating fruits and vegetables, exercising, and going where no one has gone before. :-)
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    Jul 10, 2010 12:03 AM GMT
    All body fat is removed during transporter use.
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    Jul 10, 2010 12:17 AM GMT
    I never noticed that...great observation!
    I guess I better speed up my progress if I'm ever gonna visit Andromeda.
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    Jul 10, 2010 12:19 AM GMT
    ...Well..I don't know about that...Mr Scott, was packing on a few pounds in his last few movies and was sort of stretching the material of his uniform a we bit.....icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 10, 2010 12:21 AM GMT
    Sporty_g said...Well..I don't know about that...Mr Scott, was packing on a few pounds in his last few movies and was sort of stretching the material of his uniform a we bit.....icon_lol.gif



    lol!!! I totally forgot about him!! I think he maybe the only one, maybe thats why most of his shots were up close, haha.
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    Jul 10, 2010 6:10 AM GMT
    isn't that true of a lot of hollywood stuff? saw an article that said that a six pack is becoming more of a thing for hollywood actors nowadays.
  • Delivis

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    Jul 10, 2010 6:13 AM GMT
    In 300 years you would hope morbid obesity wouldnt be around..icon_smile.gif
  • EricLA

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    Jul 10, 2010 6:18 AM GMT
    They don't wear glasses, either. Well, except in ST II, when we learned Kirk was allergic to Retinax, which we assume clears farsightedness.

    Until Picard, we'd never really seen bald people, either.

    But, in the original series there were a few overweight characters, but not anyone in Star Fleet.

    Of course, they never use the bathroom, either. Is that something else they eliminate in the future?

    Let's face it, television and movies usually represent ideals. Star Trek was always presented as a bit of a utopian future. Where we no longer work for money, that we're only out to explore, and that we're only out to better ourselves. More recent Star Trek series got grittier and less idealistic to reflect more realism.
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    Jul 10, 2010 6:21 AM GMT
    they are in the military, so there would be weight restrictions, but apparently there are ugly restrictions in starfleet as well.
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    Jul 10, 2010 6:33 AM GMT
    Uhm, Riker and O'Brien were both getting pretty heavy in their later seasons. Don't even get me started on Shatner and the infamous girdles they put him in. Jimmy Doohan and Nichelle Nichols were both very plump in their last Trek films. Neelix was always chubby. Sisko put on some pounds towards the end too.

    The casting aesthetic in the latest film is not at all reflective of the franchise history with the possible exception of Enterprise. Phlox was the only fatty there and for all we know, that might be hot for a Denobulan.
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    Jul 10, 2010 6:44 AM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite said Phlox was the only fatty there and for all we know, that might be hot for a Denobulan.


    i always wondered how far down his spots went.
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    Jul 10, 2010 6:45 AM GMT
    I did notice that over the years of enjoying the Star Trek series. Ultimately, I assumed it was because: 1) Starfleet is a military organization... and military organizations emphasize high physical fitness standards, and 2) futuristic medical knowledge and food preparation would cut down on obesity and weight-related disease. Yeah, I probably over thought that... icon_neutral.gif
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    Jul 10, 2010 6:47 AM GMT
    mtneerman said
    GuerrillaSodomite said Phlox was the only fatty there and for all we know, that might be hot for a Denobulan.


    i always wondered how far down his spots went.


    Yeah, Phlox, is the only 'main' character I can think of that could be construed as being over-weight...

    EDIT: Neelix was hefty too... but Phlox and Neelix weren't technically in Starfleet, so I am not sure if there is a correlation between that and their size.
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    Jul 10, 2010 6:51 AM GMT
    Yeah, at least Star Wars had Jabba.
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    Jul 10, 2010 7:05 AM GMT
    You guys aren't Trekkies or Trekkers at all. icon_razz.gif Don't you remember that TNG episode where Deanna Troi ordered the replicator not to give her the fake, healthy chocolate that tasted like the real thing, but rather real chocolate? I think she even said the word "fattening" in the ep, but I'm not sure.

    I can't think of what the episode was but hopefully someone else will recognize it icon_confused.gif
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    Jul 10, 2010 7:07 AM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite saidUhm, Riker and O'Brien were both getting pretty heavy in their later seasons. Don't even get me started on Shatner and the infamous girdles they put him in. Jimmy Doohan and Nichelle Nichols were both very plump in their last Trek films. Neelix was always chubby. Sisko put on some pounds towards the end too.

    The casting aesthetic in the latest film is not at all reflective of the franchise history with the possible exception of Enterprise. Phlox was the only fatty there and for all we know, that might be hot for a Denobulan.


    Those guys aren't "fatties" by today's standards icon_lol.gif

    I guess there's the consolation (or ill omen?) that gay body standards become mainstream in the future if those humans are the fattest ones around.
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    Jul 10, 2010 7:09 AM GMT
    Satyricon331 saidYou guys aren't Trekkies or Trekkers at all. icon_razz.gif Don't you remember that TNG episode where Deanna Troi ordered the replicator not to give her the fake, healthy chocolate that tasted like the real thing, but rather real chocolate? I think she even said the word "fattening" in the ep, but I'm not sure.

    I can't think of what the episode was but hopefully someone else will recognize it icon_confused.gif


    I remember it... but can't recall the episode title off the top of my head
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    Jul 10, 2010 7:29 AM GMT
    Phlex served as a sort of ambassador so the Star Fleet rules didn't necessarily apply to him.he had some leeway so he could afford to look that way.

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    Aug 26, 2010 12:44 PM GMT
    mtneerman saidthey are in the military, so there would be weight restrictions, but apparently there are ugly restrictions in starfleet as well.


    If this were true, Troi would never have made the cut
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    Aug 26, 2010 12:48 PM GMT
    The harvest the fatties as their food source.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 26, 2010 12:55 PM GMT
    Perhaps they want to provide some hope for the future...

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    Aug 26, 2010 12:58 PM GMT
    NickFit saidThe harvest the fatties as their food source.


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    Sep 01, 2010 2:05 PM GMT
    cuz then it would be a comedy