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Edited by HurtfulTurkey: 5/13/2013 7:00:08 PM

Why is obesity acceptable in society?

I read an article regarding the A&F story by an obese woman that felt they are being negatively discriminatory by not offering sizes for overweight people. She compared it to racial discrimination at one point, and claimed it was wrong to cater to a specific body size when 2/3 of America is overweight. Unfortunately, I can't find the source for this, but I'll post it if I can. Now, barring the ethical discussion about whether they have a right to do so and to what extent, why is obesity acceptable? The wealth factor is not a compelling argument, since healthy foods tend to be some of the cheapest available (lean meats, canned chicken and tuna, raw/fresh/canned vegetables, etc.). The time factor is not compelling either, since being at a healthy weight does not require exercise if you eat well. I'm sure impoverished people around the world would find the idea of specifically trying to burn energy from food because you've eaten too much of it to be simply absurd. There are definitely cases where people are genetically predisposed to having a higher body fat percentage, or have some sort of disease which prevents healthiness, but those tend to be less than a percentage of the whole. In addition, I'm not advocating bullying or harassment. Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death in America, and the number 1 cause of heart disease is poor diet. This isn't a campaign to force people to conform to societal limits of beauty, it's a sincere question asking why we allow, even defend, the ridiculously high number of overweight individuals in America.

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