A Comparative Critique Of Obesity Essay
Advanced Composition/W131 B3
13 November 2014
Amanda Spake and Mary Ray Worley: A Comparative Critique
Obesity has become one of the most debated topics in science and in the human pursuit of fat versus thin, unhappy and unhealthy versus happy and healthy. In Amanda Spake’s article, “Rethinking Weight,” she claims 64 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, struggling to conquer their expanding waistline, all while a debate heats up over whether obesity is a disease or a risk factor. In Mary Ray Worley’s article, “Fat and Happy: In Defense of Fat Acceptance,” she states a person can be obese and healthy at the same time. Spake’s article focuses on the process of defining how obesity should be classified and Worley’s article mocks science and states, in general, be happy with who you are.
In Worley’s article, she provides a very emotionally-charged, personal account of her journey into a different kind of world; a world where fat is beautiful and shame is not allowed. Worley attended her first fat convention in San Diego and her life changed forever. At the fat convention, everyone was fat and not ashamed of being fat. Booths with designer plus-size clothing were everywhere. There were plus-sized models showing off the gorgeous clothing options. The clothes were beautiful and swimsuits were available everywhere, a rarity where she is from. Overweight belly dancers performed and were absolutely beautiful. For the first time in her life,…