Fat Acceptance And Its Dangerous Consequences

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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 ...view middle of the document...

It is dangerous because by quickly losing too much weight, one might actually lose muscle mass that is very important for body, and not fat. That is why Worley reasons that losing fat in a dramatic and rapid fashion is illogical, unscientific and unsympathetic. For example, for every five-pound of fat lost will result in losing one pound of muscle mass.
According to Worley the problem of over weight or an oversized body is highly exaggerated in terms of health condition as it might cause different diseases in individuals. “More over, fat people are often reluctant to seek medical attention because health professional are among the most prejudiced people around” (494, Worley). Jeffrey P. Koplan and William H. Dietz , on other hand claims that 60 % of children because of overweight have at least one biomedical or clinical condition that will lead to some kind of cardiovascular disease and another 25 % of children have two or more health risks associated with excessive weight. This uncontrolled obesity in children will lead to chronic diseases when become adults. Because excessive weight is responsible for many diseases, the government spends 10 % of its health care budget on obesity. “Dozens of clinical trials have shown that losing weight can reduce certain risk factors for diseases, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterols, and a high blood-sugar level”(4, Lyons). Pat Lyons points out that there are many scientific studies that have proven the direct link between obesity and diseases related to it such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis. Many people have unrealistic expectations about how much weight they need to lose. Lyons believes that losing just small amounts of weight will lead to improvements in one’s health.
Worley wrongly believes that genetic make up is responsible for one’s oversized body and nothing can be done about it. On the contrary, Koplan and Dietz acknowledge that obesity is not a result of genetics. There were no substantial changes in the gene pool of the United States between 1980-1994. They (Koplan and Dietz) stress that environmental changes were...

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