America 's Big Fat Shame Essay

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America’s Big Fat Shame Obesity rates in the United States have steadily increased in the past few years. According to a recent study by the Journal of American Medicine more than one-third of U.S adults are obese (Ogden et al.). The term label “obese” is determined by a person’s Body Mass Index (BMI) a measure of body fat based on your height and weight. Obesity is defined for adults as having a BMI greater than or equal to 30. Obesity is often portrayed as a medical disorder condition that can be overcome by simply changing your diet and physical lifestyles; however, it is much more complex than that. People often stereotype those who are obese as being lazy, less intelligent, and unattractive. Observers may overlook tend to generalize those who are obese as lazy, the narrow minded thought that being obese is the own person’s fault and nothing else. However, not one diagnosis fits all. Negative prejudices against those who are obese influences the way we understand our increasing weight as a problem in this country. Because our society today is so image-obsessed we tend to judge those who seem obese because of their size and automatically pity them. We feel bad they have to struggle with their weight, or assume they are not happy with themselves. We tend to oversee the possibility that they might actually be perfectly content with the way they look. There are many contributing external factors some people simply don’t have much control over. Obese people should not be…

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