Essay about Fat And Happy : Defense Of Fat Acceptance

1058 Words Sep 19th, 2014 5 Pages
Mary Ray Worley writes in her article “Fat and Happy: In Defense of Fat Acceptance” about traveling to a “different planet” where all fat people can be happy (Worley 163). This “different planet” is a convention of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) that is held annually in San Diego, California (Worley 163). Worley implies that people who are any size of fat look good when they enjoy having the body that they have and are not self-conscious about it (Worley 163). Worley supplies the reader with information on how hard it can be for a fat person to find clothes after she writes about how the NAAFA invites vendors to its conventions that sell large stylish clothing that will actually fit and look good (Worley 163). A guest speaker at the convention, Dr. Diane Budd, spoke to the attendees on recent findings in scientific research regarding obesity (Worley 164). Dr. Budd states that most of the data gathered does not support fat people needing to lose weight, but she says doctors recommend fat people lose weight anyway (Worley 164). Worley then describes the rest of Dr. Budd’s speech by saying that there is no indication that losing weight is effective, a person’s general health would not be enriched by dropping mass, and that “trying to lose weight can have long-term effects on a person’s appetite, metabolism, and self-esteem” (Worley 164). Worley then conveys that since body proportions are largely an outcome of a person’s genetics, people should…

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