This morning on the Today Show, they did a segment on the “Fat Acceptance Movement:” A movement towards increasing acceptance of those who are extremely overweight. Some may argue that this is a “cop-out” or an excuse to be fat, while others say that it is a movement towards accepting yourself as you are.
During the segment there were a few points that I think are worth mentioning:
- Extremism: The reporter stated, “Not everyone subscribes to the theory that life is best lived hungry and constantly inside the gym.” These kinds of statements are exactly what discourage people from living at a healthy weight. If you eat right and are active…you don’t have to be so extreme to always “live hungry and inside the gym.” Let’s get back to moderation.
- Obesity vs. Inactivity: One of the doctors interviewed stated that she believes there really isn’t an obesity epidemic, as much as an inactivity epidemic. For instance, there are people who are thin and appear to fall into a healthy BMI range who are extremely inactive. However, on the flip side, there are overweight people who are highly active. Which is better? Personally, I’d argue that the overweight person who is highly active is more healthy than the thin person who doesn’t get their butt off the couch.
- Degree of Overweight is What Matters: Let’s face it, there is a big difference between being 5 – 10 pounds overweight versus 50 to 70 pounds overweight. I would argue that although there are rare cases of a person carrying 50 extra pounds being in good health, more often than not, that individual has or will have more health issues than an individual who is 5 – 10 pounds overweight. So really, is it productive to have a “Fat Acceptance Movement?” Or, should we be pushing for a “Happy to Be in My Skin Movement.”
- REAL Acceptance?: Dr. Snyderman provides a real life personal question of how accepting we really are: If you are on an airplane and an obese person gets on…would you think to yourself: “Please don’t sit next to me”?
What do you think? Do you think that a Fat Acceptance Movement is an excuse for people to be obese or do you think it is a great idea?