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Dr. Kim Mulvihill reporting Recently, more than 500 large people attended an annual convention to celebrate being fat.
Dr. Kim Mulvihill dropped by to find out about how to be fit, and fat..
A lot of exercise routines are geared toward smaller, more svelte physique. But if you are on the heftier side, there are some steps you can take to get fit.
The goal is health at any size.
Don't call these men and women "large". They call themselves fat, and they're proud of it.
Marilyn Wann, Nat'l Assoc. to Advance Fat Acceptance: "I love the f word -love it"
But staying fit at this size can be difficult.
Sandy Shaffer, Fitness Instructor " I was huffing and puffing and I thought I was going to have a heart attack before I hit 40 and I’m walking up my stairs"
Sandy Shafer saw a weight loss specialist who recommended exercise. She got hooked - and healthier.
Sandy Shaffer, Fitness Instructor "My cholesterol level dropped 40 points when I started exercising. My blood Pressure went down when I started exercising. These were results I never got All those years of dieting "
The key is may be finding a class like this, where the goal is to get up and move it together
Melissa Taylor, Water Aerobics Instructor: "It improves my endurance, it improves my flexibility, it improves my mood "
Marilyn Wann, Nat'l Assoc. to Advance Fat Acceptance: "I really enjoy moving. Feeling good that endorphin rush of sweating and getting into a good workout "
This woman plans to walk across America, one step at a time.
Marsha Menard, "Fat Girl Walking": " I want to walk across the United States, raise money for homeless shelters, and speak out for fat acceptance all along the way"
As for health at any size, it's important to know that most drug doses are based on smaller people, so you might not get enough of certain medications unless the dose is adjusted. Birth control pills might not be as effective.