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Abby Elconin Section 315 Annie Kaatz Paper Two Being Overweight—It’s Not What You Think Our society has an obsession with looks. There is a specific mold that if you do not fit into exactly, society does not see you as pretty. This mold is what we see in magazines, in television, and in the movies; it is the tall, thin big boobed, sexual women, and the strong, built tough man. These images are seen as ideal in society and what is most accepted despite that these images are impossible for most to achieve and general stereotypes of men and women. Although men and women have different traits that are seen as the ideal, one common characteristic that is sought out is thinness. Overweight people are often looked down upon and seen as lazy and sometimes even discriminated against because of their weight and the way they look. Because they do not fit what people see as normal, they might not get the job they want or simply be treated with respect. In The Washington Post Article “Extra Pounds May Carry Certain Health Benefits,” by Rob Stein, even though he tells readers that being overweight is healthy, the voice of the article ultimately tells readers that society does not want them to be fat, which in the long run could make the overweight readers unhealthy. Because of the content and the voice that comes across, overweight readers may gain even more weight, may continue to unhealthily diet, or continue to emotionally eat and gain weight. In contrast, Carol Sternhell in the article “We’ll Always Be Fat But Fat Can Be Fit,” informs overweight people the right way about the positive findings of being overweight. Overall, the news article “Extra Pounds May Carry Certain Health Benefits” informs readers that being overweight is not as unhealthy as it use to be thought of and can actually have some health benefits. One of the major point of the article, concluded by federal surveys said
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“…that people who were overweight – but not obese – had lower overall mortality rate than those of normal weight” (1). This may encourage people to gain weight who are already considered to be in the healthy weight range or this could also cause people who already overweight to be mindless about their eating habits, and as a result will gain more weight, and possibly become obese – which is obviously unhealthy. In “Extra Pounds May Carry Certain Health Benefits,” it states “Being overweight boosts the risk of dying from diabetes and kidney
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