||[Jul. 22nd, 2003|05:34 pm]
The Question Club
This is kind of a spinoff to a question asked yesterday about whether big people should have to buy two tickets on a plane,etc.|
I was reading a book lately called "The Fat of the Land", it's about the obesity "epidemic" in America. the author devoted almost an entire chapter to bashing the Fat Acceptance groups such as NAAFA (National Assiociation for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance).
What do you think? Is "fat acceptance" a good thing? Or does it encourage people who are overweight to be even more unhealthy by blaming society for "hating" fat people?
I personally am torn on this. While I think it is good for people of all kinds to want equal treatment and to have self-acceptance, I just don't know if I agree that fat should be accepted as a way of life, when we all know the health risks. To me, in a way, it's like saying (don't kill me for this) "I have cancer/AIDS/or whatever, and I'm not going to treat it....go me!"