In the other corner, weighing in at or under a BMI made acceptable by governmental standards, is the group who are often accused of fat shaming. Whether you’re an airline that kicks Kevin Smith (and presumably others) off flights for being too big for their seat, a mother who got a book deal after she wrote in a Vogue article about the questionable methods she used to keep her overweight child from becoming obese or the show Weight of the Nation that asserts that obesity is not only a problem, but a threat to our entire country’s health, or someone who’s simply uncomfortable around the zaftig, you might be a fat-shamer.
To these folk’s credit, overweight and obesity has been linked to a host of medical issues including joint problems, high blood pressure, diabetes and some cancers. Overweight people tend to have higher lifetime healthcare costs and shorter lifespans. And being too big can make it harder to fit into confined spaces and an excess of weight can lead to certain safety concern.
Those on this side of the debate say that while it may be crazy to try and achieve magazine cover proportions, that simply eating well and exercising regularly can lower a person’s weight to safer, slimmer levels. They also assert that since obese people have more health problems, they put an unfair strain on the healthcare system and contribute to rising costs for everyone.
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