In my 12 year career as a professional Trainer, I have always had the belief in helping each client with respect, and giving positive emotional support along with their fitness program.
Many studies show that weight discrimination (“fat-shaming”) is very harmful, causing stress and even more over-eating. In one study, of 6, 157 people, non-obese participants who experienced weight discrimination were 2.5 times more likely to become obese in the future. The same study, obese participants who also experienced weight discrimination were 3.2 times more likely to remain obese.
This shows that fat-shaming is not only wrong, it certainly does NOT motivate people to lose weight.
Here are some other harmful effects that are supported by studies:
· Depression: People who are discriminated against due to weight are at higher risk of depression and other mental issues (no surprise there).
· Eating disorders: Fat shaming is linked to an increased risk of eating disorders, such as binge eating disorder.
· Reduced self-esteem: Fat shaming is linked to reduced self-esteem.
· Others: By causing stress, weight gain, increased cortisol levels and mental problems, weight discrimination may raise the risk of all sorts of chronic diseases.
Another study found that those who had experienced weight discrimination were 2.7 times as likely to become depressed.
As is common knowledge, one of the consequences of depression is suicide.
In a study of 2,436 people, extreme obesity was associated with 21 times greater risk of suicidal behavior and 12 times greater risk of suicide attempts.
Could fat shaming drive a vulnerable and depressed obese person to suicide? Very plausible.
Fat-shamers are not only making obese people gain more weight and making them feel horrible, they may literally be killing them.
I could go on and on with this subject. In my opinion we have a mental health crisis in the U.S. and with this topic, along with many others, I understand why. As I have suffered depression and anxiety in the past due to body image issues, those who have never experienced this need to understand that some insensitive things that they may say, do hurt, and it will continue to for a long time.
No matter your size, you’re perfect and beautiful.
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