Fat And Happy : Defense Of Fat Acceptance Essay

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In the article “Fat and Happy: In Defense of Fat Acceptance”, Mary Ray Worley—member of NAAFA (National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance), argues her point that, “body size is largely a result of one’s genetic makeup (and so) it is best to get on with the business of learning to live in the body you have, whatever its size” (164). In Worley’s article she shares her own personal experience and the difficulties that she faced with being overweight. In her introduction she establishes the point that in today’s culture, those who are overweight are taught to be ashamed of their bodies and they are looked down upon by those who are not overweight. Worley then makes the claim that this is not the way things should be. She describes her experience with the NAAFA convention and how she felt as if she was “on another planet”; one where she could be comfortable in her own body (163). She shares how her experience at this convention led her to the realization that everyone should feel comfortable in their body. Throughout the rest of her article she then shows how many of today’s weight-loss strategies are ineffective and can even be potentially harmful (164). Worley’s desire is for everyone to be accepting of the overweight, and for the overweight to be both healthy yet confident, regardless of their size. In Mary Ray Worley’s article, Worley works mainly on the emotions; describing her personal experience and thoughts to the readers in order to gain sympathy for the…

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