posted on Sep, 2 2005 @ 07:17 AM
To me, it has nothing to do with disgust, or anything along that line of thinking. I'm 10-15lbs overweight most of the time myself... (sitting here
typing this doesn't help that issue much).
It's a matter of : I'm a helicopter rescue pilot, and I know that my craft can carry 1800lbs of 'human cargo' -- I come across two buildings with
10 people on top of them, one is a 350lb man; do I leave the fat guy and save the other 9, or does his life hold more value than the others? Do I have
enough fuel to maintain a hover to lift 2 people at a time (4 times) and then lift him alone and one other alone? Will my SAR man be safe going down
to hook this individual up, or will he have to remain in harms way on the roof while we winch only the man back up?
Or, I have a rescue boat that can normally carry about 8 pasengers (or around 1400 lbs). I come across 3 sets of 3 people (total of 9), two of them
are 300lbs. Do I risk the lives of myself and my crewman and the other 7 people to overload my craft to carry these 2 people, or do I leave them
behind and hope to come back later to get them? Or, do I leave 3 or 4 other people behind and take the two heavy people first?
My brother in law is a Paramedic. He's mentioned more than one time that the weight of far too many people these days hinders his job and reduces the
chances of a successful rescue of a crash victim, a heart attack victim, an injury victim, etc. Because it takes the crew an extra amount of time just
to load a heavy individual (nevermind if they have to be extracted from a vehicle), the time between arrival at the scene and arrival at the ER is
increased considerably. I guess it's just a non-issue to a lot of people.