An article in Medical Daily says that Fat Shaming Doesn’t Work in fact “Weight Discrimination Makes The Overweight More Obese”
While some health professionals and well-meaning family and friends might use shame to motivate people to lose weight, a recent study shows that weight discrimination can actually lead to weight gain.
Getting and maintaining the elusive “perfect body type” is a concern for many, reinforced by the images of lean and sculpted celebrities in the media. While these images may serve for some as motivation, shame does not. In fact, telling someone that they could stand to lose a few pounds might be counterproductive. According to a study published in PLOS One, participants who faced fat shaming or weight discrimination, were 2.5 times more likely to become obese.
The study surveyed 6,175 participants with body types varying from normal weight, overweight, and obese. Every two years from 2006 to 2010 the patients were sent psychosocial questionnaires about their experiences with weight discrimination. Researchers found that overweight people who experienced weight discrimination were more likely to become obese by the next time that they were weighed.
Tags: obesity, size