Opinion: Big deal: You can be fat and fit
An activist at a National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance rally in New York wears a T-shirt to promote self-image.
January 3rd, 2013
12:30 PM ET

Opinion: Big deal: You can be fat and fit

Editor's note: Marilyn Wann is author of "FAT!SO?" and a weight diversity speaker internationally. She is the creator of Yay! Scales, which give compliments instead of numbers.

(CNN) - After a careful review of all relevant research worldwide, the U.S. government's leading analyst of weight data just confirmed what I've long known: Being fat might not be a death sentence.

That this study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association seems at all shocking is a measure of the intensity and pervasiveness of weight prejudice in our society and in our sciences.

I take an interest in the topic because I'm fat and because I don't have a death wish. I'm also interested because, like so many fat people, I've encountered weight discrimination when I seek routine medical care. I was 26 years old when I was denied the right to purchase health insurance. I had no significant history of illness or injury. I was just fat. That day, I became a fat rights activist.

In the intervening years, I've heard from so many people who fear for their lives when they encounter weight discrimination in our health care system.

 As a fat activist, I help as much as I can, but I'm no federal agency.
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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Ollie Oxenfree

    Obesity kills. You are a horrible person for lying about this and possibly "convincing" others of your unwholesome agenda.

    January 4, 2013 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Jade

      So does closed mindedness. RE-READ the article it is not about proping up the fat people it's about getting proper health care!!!!!!

      January 7, 2013 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |