Hey everyone It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I read this interesting arcticle on CNN.COM about the fat acceptance movement that’s sweeping America and I wanted to share some of my thoughts with you all.
First of all, the term “fat acceptance” is kind of a misnomer. It’s not about accepting fat people, but more about accepting yourself at whatever size you are. I think that this is a great attitude to have in the age where society dictates how the “ideal person” should look. But what about overweight and obese people? Does their self acceptance, as the article asks, “undermine the progress being made toward heart health?”
Now of course, some sensitive overweight people, who have been criticized and judged their whole lives, will argue that people can be overweight and lead a healthy lifestyle. I’m not denying that this is possible. You can be healthy but have a body that distributes fat and weight in such a way that makes you look bigger. But let’s be realistic. It’s fair to say that most people who fall under the overweight or obese category are not leading a healthy lifestyle.
The point is, overweight people should not be criticized and ridiculed by society BUT society should not become complacent when it comes to obesity. Obesity is just as dangerous as being too thin. Everyone agrees that being too thin is bad, but people shy away from the dangers of being overweight so they won’t hurt anyone’s feelings. I get it – fat people are tired of being looked down on by society and are trying to love themselves. But what do you do when this order of self-acceptance comes with a side of diabetes, high cholesterol, and other potentially fatal diseases?
The article says that 8% of of overweight and obese people think they are healthy the way they are and don’t need to lose weight. But America’s perception of “normal” in terms of weight is rising along with increases in obesity (60% of American adults are overweight).
What do you think of the “fat acceptance movement”? Are people compromising their health for a healthy body image?