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As American waistlines grow, a movement is growing as well all around the country. Called the Size Acceptance Movement, its mission is to fight size discrimination and spread awareness that people should embrace their bodies and that a person can be healthy at any size.

Organizations such as the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance and the Association for Size Diversity and Health are two such organizations devoted to the cause and both work to encourage self-empowerment through advocacy, public education, and support.

On the flip side of this issue, however, are health experts who say that this movement undermines the progress being made toward getting Americans healthier. In general, being overweight is bad for your health, according to CNN health writer Tammy Worth.

Another issue is that when the majority of Americans are overweight, our perceptions of what constitutes a healthy weight have shifted. According to a recent Harris Interactive Poll:

70 percent of obese people say they are merely overweight

39 percent of morbidly obese people think they are overweight but not obese

30 percent of people who are overweight think they are a healthy size

I'm working on a Pro/Con story about this issue and I want to know your opinion. What do you think of the Size Acceptance Movement?

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