Fat Shaming or Fat Acceptance?


Q: As the national obesity rate rises, is it time we stop making excuses for people’s bad diet and lack of exercise?

A: Currently, over 40 percent of American adults are obese (BMI of ≥30.0). People with obesity are at an increased risk for serious diseases and health conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, and they have a greater risk of death from all causes.1

The question is, what to do about it? There’s been a movement to embrace it. “Weight diversity speakers” advocate “fat acceptance” for the “fat pride” community. “For the two-thirds of Americans now overweight or obese, their message is beguiling: being heavy does not equate with being unhealthy. What’s really required, they argue, is a cultural attitude shift, whereby we stop sneering at the obese as…

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