Is Obesity A Civil Rights Issue?

dog on scaleUnited Airlines recently enacted a new rule that requires obese passengers too large to fit into one seat to purchase two seats. And they're not the only airline in the U.S. with this kind of policy. In the article "Obesity Becoming Civil Rights Issue for Some," Reuters reported that fat acceptance advocates are working hard to expose civil rights injustices against overweight people.





According to the report, some two-thirds of Americans are considered overweight or obese. Some cities have even declared wars on obesity -- blaming overweight people for creating a costly public health crisis that increases the risk of heart disease, type two diabetes, and certain cancers. And, research shows that obesity-related health care cost upward of $100 billion a year.

Fat-acceptance advocates, however, are organizing to promote anti-bias laws, encourage tolerance in health care and the workplace, and help retailers recognize the profit potential of catering to plus-size customers. They mainly want to promote "health at every size." The National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance is just one of a handful of organizations mentioned in the story that's gaining force online in the fight against fat bias. "Being fat doesn't make me lazy or stupid or morally suspect," said Kate Harding, 34, of Chicago, who also has written a book, Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere and was quoted in the article.

Do you think obesity is a civil rights issue or a health care issue?



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