Fat Acceptance Movement

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The fat acceptance movement, also known as fat pride, fat empowerment, and fat activism, is a social movement seeking to eliminate the social stigma of obesity from social attitudes by pointing out to the general public the social obstacles faced by fat people. Areas of contention include the aesthetic, legal, and medical approaches to people whose bodies are fatter than the social norm.

The modern fat acceptance movement began in the late 1960s. Besides its political role, the fat acceptance movement also constitutes a subculture which acts as a social group for its members.[1]

Women are particularly active within the fat acceptance movement and membership of fat acceptance organizations is dominated by middle-class women in the heaviest 1–2% of the population.[2] Notably feminism is also over-represented among middle-class women.

Members of the Fat Acceptance movement have criticized the lack of representation in the movement from men, people of color, and people of lower socioeconomic status.[3]

Obesity as a Disability

The Fat Acceptance Movement has been divided in its response to proposed legislation defining morbidly obese people as disabled. NAAFA board member Peggy Howell says: "There's a lot of conflict in the size acceptance community over this. I don't consider myself disabled, and some people don't like 'fat' being considered a disability."[4] An example of the positive perspective of obesity being classified as a disability in wider society is noted by one researcher: "SheTemplate:Who makes a point to tell me how impressed she is with the way many do make quiet and polite accommodations for her."[5]

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