Fat And Happy : Defense Of Fat Acceptance Essay

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Mary Ray Worley, a member of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA), states in her article "Fat and Happy: In Defense of Fat Acceptance", "Our society believes that thinness signals self-discipline and self-respect, whereas fatness signals self- contempt and lack of resolve" (Worley 163). Worley continues on to discuss her week spent at the annual convention of the NAAFA in San Diego. Worley expresses that the convention was as if she was on another planet (163)- A planet where fatness was not related to self- contempt, but instead with loving one 's self for who he/she is. Worley experienced a world like no other. A featured speaker, Dr. Diane Budd, discussed the medical and scientific take on fatness. According to the most current studies, Budd claims that body size is primarily determined by one 's genetic makeup (164). However, experts continue to urge people to lose weight. Worley states that more than 90% of people who lose weight end up gaining it back (164). In addition, she brings the taunting fat people face everyday to attention and explain that it is the real health risk. Pressure from family, friends, and physicians, prevents them from seeking medical attention. However, Worley states the risk of being obese is overestimated anyway (165). Worley continued to learn more about the risk of dieting in a culture that believes the faster you lose weight, the better. She concludes her article by stating how she has grown to love her body and has…

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