Fat Acceptance and Its Dangerous Consequences
In her article or essay “ Fat and Happy: In defense of Fat Acceptance,” Mary Ray Worley, a member of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA), believes that people can be happy and confident even if they are fat and overweight. Although Worley claims that people can live a normal life as being fat, she should realize that there are many serious medical complications that can arise due to overweight or oversized body (add more – ask victor for +).
Worley argues that serious societal and personal problems are created when overweight people compare their bodies to thin bodies around them that not only lowers their happiness but also their self-confidence and satisfaction (make sure it is correct – discuss with professor). She points out that society thinks fat people are lazy, useless and have no discipline. Worley admits that after attending NAAFA convention in San Diego, her life totally changed as being fat. She emphasizes that genetic make up of an individual is the reason of being fat and one has no control over it. Worley writes that health risks related to fat is being exaggerated by society and medical community. She further observes that losing weight by dieting or other methods that cost thousands of dollars are useless and not effective. Worley agrees that her attitude towards food and exercise changed as she began to enjoy both. “Now that is a health risk” (494). She further asserts that fat people are embarrassed to do exercise because they might offend other people’s sensitivity and invite some unpleasant comments.
Worley makes a strong point that losing weight at relatively slow pace is safe, healthy and effective over long term. She emphasizes that people want to lose fat as quickly as possible because every one hates fat. Even many experts believe that losing weight too fast is dangerous and not effective because chances of regaining that lost weight are extremely high.