Thursday, February 11, 2010

Entry # 5, Paul Campos "Being Fat is OK"

Paul Campos in his essay "Being Fat is OK" offers a strongly worded response to a "propaganda war." I think it is unfair that the media has used weight in order to make money on people.
So, Campos presents and attempts to refute what he calls three "lies." And I agree that many people are very focused on their weight. I know people that are within their BMI and still think they are fat. Focusing too much on the weight is really damaging. That is true and only very few people realize that. The writer states that he runs 35 to 40 miles a week, but he is still "overweight." And on the contrary, if you are skinny it does not mean you are healthy. Some skinny people are not healthy and they still think that they are fat, but also some people are overweight and think they are fine the way they are, but have many health risks.
On the one hand, I agree that eating habit is a private matter. On the other hand, I still insist that people cannot just choose to be thinner and the author of this essay emphasizes: "the failure rate for diets is estimated to be between 90 percent and 98 percent... any statistically significant group of dieters will end up weighing more, on average, than a comparable group that never began dieting."
I do agree that people always worry about their weight whether they are fat or not. But also, I think that as long as they are healthy then they should not worry too much.
In conclusion, instead of concentrating on different studies about the supposed health risks of fat and going through different methods to lose weight, I believe that people should enjoy life and be happy and stay healthy no matter what size they are.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Elena,

    I think that you have done an excellent job summarizing each main idea that the authors have included in their essays.However, I would like for you to work at making your summaries more concise.

    Here's what I would like to see you do with the remaining summaries. Instead of summarizing the entire article, begin to only summarize those parts of the article that interest you as a writer. For example, an author may discuss A, B, C and D in his article; however, you may be only interested in C and D; therefore, you would only summarize C and D on your blog. For more help with this, refer back to chapter two of the TSIS.