Do You Have to be Skinny in Order to be Healthy?

by ShylaJones on September 15, 2013 - 8:57pm

After reading about this study, I was pretty skeptical. The fact that she only had 5 participants, and no real scientific research made me look at the article with a grain of salt. It seems like the reasoning behind her study was to defend bigger sized women, and saying that it is okay to be overweight. I found it interesting that in the study, she only mentioned the women who had high health scores, rather than evaluating the women with lower ones. Overall, this article didn’t do much to prove the hypothesis.

APA References:

ROBERTS-GREY, G. (2013). BE HEALTHY AT EVERY SIZE. Essence (Time Inc.), 44(3), 84-1NULL.




As everybody knows, there is a lot of pressure for women to be skinnier. The propagation in our society said to be healthy you have to get the perfect body... Sometimes, it brings people to get eating disorders and weight because they are too skinny.

On the other hand, it is true that this study does not seem to be supported by scientist expert about the correlation between weight and health. There is also the fact that only five participants have been involved in this study to establish a solid diagnosis. The information is poor and biased. So it is difficult to believe the conclusion of this article because it has not been proved.

Maybe, the study’s author should base her research on valid information such as statistics that involve a bigger group of person, so a result well founded. This way, her premises would be much better to convince us that overweight women have a good healthy situation.

Your summary is interested and well done. Maybe it could be appreciate to have a little bit more information about the subject. But in general, it was a great! I really like to be able to see the link of your points all together and the key issues that are often observable in our society.

The author's research seems quite sketchy, and she did not include women who were just 'naturally' thin (they do exist), or women who weren't dedicated to good health. These women all had basic things in common, they tried to eat healthy, or had problems with their bodily health before and were striving to stay healthy. Not all women are like this, and there should have been more types of women such as women who don't work out or don't necessarily pay so much attention to what they are eating.
I also agree with your issue of only having five participants. There is absolutely no way any generalized statement or even some kind of conclusion could be found with such a small amount of women. Especially since everyone's exercise, diet habits, and lifestyles are different. As a woman myself, I can't relate directly with any of the women in this study, and I can't be the only one.

Women that are larger in size can be healthier than women who are skinnier. The skinny women can be at far more health risks than the women that are bigger. The fact that society says that skinny women are healthier than plump women is puerile. The size and weight of any person does not determine the health factors that are affected.

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