Me and some friends were having a discussion about whether the average should be considered normal. It got pretty intense, mainly because the two groups of people we were talking about were the overweight and gays. Now the discussion started off by someone saying that "Being fat is normal in America". Someone else said "Being fat could never be normal, average yes, but never normal". The discussion soon turned about gays also with the same premise. My take on it was ..... Being overweight is not normal. Being normal should not include a higher risk for diabetes, joint problems, and putting a strain on your organs such as the heart. So even if 95% of the population was overweight, it's still not normal but can be considered the average or above. Our bodies might be tough and resistant to extra weight, but depending on the amount of weight, it takes a toll and there is a limit. Being gay is not a choice, attaction itself is not a choice. But is it normal to be gay? I say no. Doesn't make anyone more or less of a person and I have the upmost respect for anyone of any sexual prefrence, but biology wise, I would say it's going agaisnt the grain of what your physically created for.(for lack of better description). Does not being normal change anything? I don't see why it would. One of my friends in the discussion we were having is gay, and refused to accept or even have an open mind to whether he is considered normal or not. Can you be totally unbiased and/or respectful towards gays while still considering them not normal? Are some gays wrong about trying to convince others they are normal? Now, I'm not talking about the opinion of right or wrong. Purely just whether something is normal or not. The discussion we had even went on to whether the air we breath is normal, whether the food most of us eat should be considered normal, and etc. So what you do guys think? I personally think people in general use the word normal as a synomom for average or are too PC to say any differ.