Obesity is Beautiful…? Who Cares?

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I don’t hate fat people. I don’t consider them to be less worthy, or less hard-working, or bad people. I have worked with a number of obese and overweight people in my training career, and I know for a fact that those people can work just as hard, if not harder, than the fittest people on earth. I have seen students come into the Big Red Fitness Club overweight, unhealthy and unhappy, and completely change their outlook on life, fitness, and health. This is why it’s concerning that there have beenso many posts on Facebook pages like “Human’s of New York” and “We Too Are Denison” talking about how being overweight and obese is beautiful (shown below). The last time I checked, obesity was a disease  and being overweight led to severe health issues including heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. It’s fairly common knowledge now that this nation has an issue with obesity and overweightness (maybe a word), so my question is: Why the hell are we trying to promote it?

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Posted on “Human’s of New York” Facebook page October 18th, 2012

So far, I have seen social media postings claiming that being fat is beautiful. I can’t help but say: who cares? It’s not healthy. If there is a healthier path to beauty, one that won’t encounter strokes and tumors along the way, why wouldn’t we want that?

I understand that people who are obese and overweight take a grueling physiologically. I went through some of this myself at a younger age, when bullying and making fun of was considered the norm. This is truly a shame and not something that I would ever condone. However, there are certain things in life that are controllable, and certain things that are not. What IS controllable is your health and wellness. What is NOT controllable is how other people feel about your looks. Don’t sacrifice your health because you think obesity is beautiful. Be healthy, and the beauty will certainly not be lost.

About The Author

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Max is a passionate pursuer of integrative health. He has been drafted by a professional baseball team, worked in publishing scientific laboratories and spoken to groups of students on health and well-being. He is currently a biology major and philosophy minor at Denison University. Max spends his time reading, weightlifting, traveling and learning. Email Max at mungar810@gmail.com.

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