According to a new study, overweight Americans are giving up on the idea of shedding any extra pounds—and fat activists may be part of the reason.
“Socially accepted normal body weight is shifting toward heavier weight. As more people around us are getting heavier, we simply believe we are fine, and no need to do anything with it,” said the study’s author, Dr. Jian Zhang, a public health researcher at Georgia Southern University. Zhang also notes that doctors are “no longer discussing weight issues with patients.”
Over a third of American adults are obese. Combine that with people who are overweight, and 68.8 percent of Americans aren’t at a healthy weight.
These disturbing conclusions arrive in an era when the fat acceptance movementseeks to assure individuals, mostly women, that their weight or size has nothing to do with their attractiveness or health.