We’re always trying to figure out what makes the hipster tick, and this article from the New York Times offers some interesting, and funny, insight. The writer suggests that these days, the fedora-wearing skinny-jean-loving Brooklyners/Lower East Siders have built a trend around being portly. Interesting that these guys were once the people who walked around New York acquiring hundreds of gazes at their rail thin physique from passersby. Possible reasons for the trend, says the author: chubby means wealthy, and that’s something people might want to show in these times; Obama is fit and hipsters are, according to the article, “by nature contrarian,” so they may be reacting against him (this can’t actually be a respectable reason).
Whatever the reason, we don’t dig the trend — particularly when obesity accounts for 95% percent of healthcare costs. Nothing against the bigger boned, but it’s not good to make a look so frequently associated with an unhealthy lifestyle seem cool. Thats why we love Kennedy so much: iconic in style and always in shape, he managed to inspire millions of Americans to hit the gym… Can we just travel back to the pre-hippie days of the 60s?