Rethinking Weight By Mary Ray Worley Analysis
Advanced Composition/W131 B3
13 November 2014
Amanda Spake and Mary Ray Worley: A Comparative Critique
Obesity has become one of the most debated topics in science and in the human pursuit of fat versus thin, unhappy and unhealthy versus happy and healthy. In Amanda Spake’s article, “Rethinking Weight,” she claims 64 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, struggling to conquer their expanding waistline, all while a debate heats up over whether obesity is a disease or a risk factor. In Mary Ray Worley’s article, “Fat and Happy: In Defense of Fat Acceptance,” she states a person can be obese and healthy at the same time. Spake’s article focuses on the process of defining how obesity should be classified …show more content…
Worley attended her first fat convention in San Diego and her life changed forever. At the fat convention, everyone was fat and not ashamed of being fat. Booths with designer plus-size clothing were everywhere. There were plus-sized models showing off the gorgeous clothing options. The clothes were beautiful and swimsuits were available everywhere, a rarity where she is from. Overweight belly dancers performed and were absolutely beautiful. For the first time in her life, Worley felt no shame, no guilt and no need for self-consciousness. In fact, she was so overwhelmed by the positive feelings that she became a member of/advocate for the National Association to Advance Fat …show more content…
Worley states 90 percent of people who lose weight will gain it back, and there is no evidence to support the ideal that losing weight will improve a person’s health, nor a person’s appetite, metabolism or self-esteem. People who are overweight need to embrace their weight and be happy with who they are. By doing so, a person exudes high self-esteem and confidence and size becomes less important. Worley realizes that all the years of dieting made her body rebel in fear of starvation. She stopped dieting and picked up exercising just because she feels good exercising. Losing weight was no longer a goal, but rather a happy side-effect.
In Spake’s article, she takes a very scientific approach in laying out the two differing opinions on obesity: obesity as a biological problem (disease) that deserves to be prevented and treated as any other disease or obesity as a risk factor that brings on disease, such as diabetes, high cholesterol and heart conditions. Spake uses the story of a woman, Maria Pfisterer, who has spent most of her life fighting the battle of the bulge, as a backdrop for the debate whether governments and insurance companies should pay for healthy weight loss programs or continue to pay for secondary diseases caused by