Essay about The Female Body Image

753 Words Sep 21st, 2016 4 Pages
There are many subtopics within the female body image but for the purpose of this journal I will focus on fat acceptance as a movement and on those who are obese to morbidly obese. When I took experimental psychology I conducted a correlational study that looked to see if there were gender differences in the perception of the female body weight (varying from severely underweight, underweight, normal, overweight, obese, and morbidly obese). Of course there were no significant difference but interestingly enough both males and females perceived the female body weight as lighter than it actually was. This is problematic in regards to health – for people to see a morbidly obese person and coin them as just obese or worse overweight. And so this got me thinking…America is fat and because we are fat (bluntly, but objectively speaking) our perception of what normal is, is skewed. Now this is a problem in its own and now a larger problem is the fat acceptance movement. Not only is our “normal” actually fat, those who are really fat also want to be considered “normal”.
The idea behind fat acceptance has, as feminism, spiraled out of control. From what was a great idea, came forth this overly contorted, harmful movement. One of the reasons the idea was great was because it laid grounds for accepting body fat as it is – a normal part of being human – but also as a necessary and natural part of being female; Since unfortunately many females have grown to hate any fat on their bodies,…

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