The Fat Acceptance Movement has been gaining popularity among social media outlets for the past few years. Photos and selfies with pro-fat acceptance slogans and hashtags can be found in many corners of the internet. However, is this new movement glorifying obesity? The body positivity campaign was started to shed light on the fact that models were portraying an unrealistic image for America’s to live by. This campaign was trying to prove that people of any size can, and should, love their bodies just the way they are. However, the body positivity campaign took a radical turn and it is now used by many obese and overweight people as a platform for fat acceptance and encouragement in society.
Obesity is a disease that is characterized by a high Body-Mass-Index (a ratio of height and weight) which is often accompanied by high blood pressure, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, sleep apnea – all of which attribute to a high mortality rate among the obese in America. Glorifying a fairly controllable disease such as obesity sends the message to society that it’s okay to mistreat your body. Children then see these messages and believe that it’s okay to be overweight – that it’s just who they are. It is due to these reasons that support to the fat-acceptance movement might not be in the highest interest of society.
The fat acceptance movement is an attempt to normalize an acceptance for obesity. Those who are obese are seeking to change stereotypes and bias against overweightness – it’s an attempt to overcome a form of oppression in many aspects of life. The movement’s goals of overcoming oppression are just, however their claims that you can be obese and healthy are not. Many members of this movement attempt to claim that despite their high Body-Mass-Index, they are just as fit as their “normal weighted” counterparts. According to the study by Alexandra Sifferlin, no matter if you’re fit and fat or unfit and fat, your chances of dying from heart disease complications are on average ten years earlier than your thin and unhealthy counterparts.
I am in support of body positivity. I am not in support of the hyper-thin or hyper-fat movements. There are two sides of the spectrum and the extremes at both ends are unhealthy. The use of social media to glorify obese and underweight people promotes unhealthy lifestyles in society. The promotion of this unhealthy lifestyle would radically change the course of our lives, our children’s lives, and our species future.
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