Critique on Fat and Happy

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Adalynn Couch Mrs. Williamson W131 23 September 2014 Critique of “Fat and Happy?” The article “Fat and Happy?”, written by Hillel Schwartz, discusses how society mimics people who are overweight. Schwartz claims living in a fat society would exhort self-acceptance. He also believes the fear of weight is more dangerous to one than the weight itself (180). Schwartz proposes becoming an obese society to eliminate the obese minorities and better society as a whole. Although Schwartz attempts to provoke a strong message, he neglects the use of logical support and credibility throughout the article. Schwartz discusses the severe discrimination and taunting overweight people deal with in society, followed by the dangers of dieting. Schwartz’s solution to these dangers, quit dieting. Dieting, for Schwartz, is described as cannibalism, starving until one’s body is surviving primarily off of its own fat. Living in an obese society would promote self acceptance. Schwartz presents how society would differ if it were dominated by overweight people; the obese population would no longer have the struggle to find fitting clothes, competition with jobs, or even struggle with self esteem issues. Bringing the minorities to the top of the food chain could potentially eliminate humiliation and secrecy. Schwartz strongly argues that a fat society would be more ideal for self-acceptance, but disregards the use of logos to support his claim. Logos is the use of logic for further support on a particular subject. Becoming a fat society is not a logical solution to Schwartz’s argument. Schwartz describes dieting as one starving himself to the point where his fat will begin to eat itself (185). Dieting is simply gaining control of the number of calories in one’s daily diet. By promoting obesity and leaving dieting in the past, Schwartz never begins to mention the health factors

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