“Perhaps most remarkably, the mere act of weight gain is now regarded as a feminist act. Though some women express reservations about the negative impact of obesity on one’s health, overweight women display a level of assertiveness, or ‘sassitude,’ that thinner women lack.
“‘Women who proclaim themselves ‘large and in charge’ refuse to be bound by traditional notions of beauty and health,’ said Carla Willets, a Vassar College women’s-studies professor. ‘They love themselves for who they are, something no ‘normal-sized’ woman could possibly do.’
“‘Of course, women can be empowered by losing weight, too,’ Willets added. ‘Pretty much any change in weight—up or down—is empowering.'”