Our American society is in the midst of an obesity epidemic. At the same time, we're an image-obsessed society, demanding physical perfection from ourselves. We've developed a horrible fat-skinny dichotomy. This can be seen in the fact that there are more obese people than overweight people.
Being overweight means being 1-20 pounds over your target weight. And studies have shown that people who carry a few extra pounds on their body actually have a better chance of surviving a serious illness than skinny people. Overweight people still run a greater risk of heart disease. I'm illustrating this point to stress the fact that no one is demanding that everyone have perfect bodies. A little extra weight isn?t that bad, even though you may be self conscious about it.