No need for fat-shaming, but the UK must get a grip on its obesity crisis | Letters

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Lauren Ellis, Noël Cameron and Helen Norris respond to a Guardian article by Virgie Tovar

Virgie Tovar’s piece on how to avoid “fat-shaming” people is a very relevant and compassionate read (Some people are fat. Get over it, G2, 4 September). I know from experience how unfairly the world can treat people who don’t conform to a particular ideal of size and beauty. But in the drive to putting a stop to “fatphobia”, we cannot ignore the fact that being morbidly obese is not a lifestyle choice that should be celebrated.

The images of Tovar and the model Ashley Graham are those of confident and healthy-looking women. The same cannot be said for those whose body mass is clearly not within healthy limits. No woman, young or old, should be shamed by their body, but does that necessarily mean we should just ignore a potential health issue?

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