Acceptance is the Key For Overweight People
Leading the fat power charge is the 12,000-member National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, which pushes for size-related legislation and more obesity research. Interestingly, the NAAFA began in 1969 as a social group for chubby chasers, but has since evolved into a civil rights organization.
Fat acceptance advocates insist that the Body Mass Index test, which measures your fat level based on your height and weight, is crap and only serves the financial interests of the health insurance industry since it can be used to deny some health care procedures, such as transplants, to those who are overweight according to that scale. (It doesn’t factor in body fat or excess muscle. By those standards, half of the National Basketball Association is overweight or obese.) They frown on weight loss surgery and diet drugs.
Fat power allies are losing ground throughout the world. Parents have lost custody of their fat kids because of their weight. Such was the case in California, where a mother lost custody of her 140-pound, 6-year-old son in December. Every state in the country except Michigan allows companies to fire employees because of their weight. New Zealand has integrated Body Mass Index into its immigration requirements and declines to admit people it deems fat into the country until they slim down to avoid overburdening the health care industry. Health insurance companies and politicians blame the overweight for skyrocketing health care costs.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that obesity leads to an array of illnesses from stroke and diabetes to heart attacks and sleep apnea. Nationally, 33 percent of the population is considered overweight, according to the CDC.
The fat power movement doesn’t buy it. They say weight is not an accurate barometer of health, and they claim that obesity has never been proven the primary cause of such ailments as diabetes.
Some sites encourage fat people to embrace their bodies as beautiful, sexual things. Elsewhere on the web, plus-size pay and dating sites are plentiful.
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Published on: 2008-04-21
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