Fat-Shaming is not effective and can increase health risks

You are wrong to think that harping on someone’s weight will make them lose weight. It may not only be futile, but it could also prove to be dangerous. Increase their chances of developing heart disease or other health problems.

I have personally experienced the weight loss process and it is absurd to think that shame would be a positive thing. As someone who counsels people in 12-step recovery, it is obvious that putting pressure on someone or making fun about someone with a weight problem (which is often a sign that they have an eating disorder) only makes matters worse.

Harping on someone’s problems only leads them to eat more.

It’s evident to me. However, it’s obvious to many people. too many people Fat-shaming can be effective.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman Medical School in Philadelphia discovered that overweight women who believed negative messages about themselves – known as “weight-bias innerization” – had higher rates of metabolic Syndrome. This is a group of health issues that increases the risk of developing heart disease or diabetes.

Dr. Rebecca Puhl is the Rudd Center’s deputy director for Food Policy and Obesity. She said that the increased risk indicates that fat-shaming and weight stigma go beyond the inexcusable remarks and hurt feelings. [1]

People who are obese or overweight are often seen as unattractive, incompetent and lack willpower. This doesn’t give overweight people motivation or confidence. It leaves them feeling helpless and stigmatized. Depressed, really. We know depression can lead to physical illness.

Published In the journal ObesityThe study shows that stigmatizing is not the only problem. The level of an individual’s response to fat-shamingThis can lead to health problems.

The Research

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Researchers surveyed 159 adults to find out how devalued they felt and what they blamed for when they were judged on their weight. Researchers also examined how frequently metabolic syndrome was diagnosed in the participants.

51 participants fulfilled the criteria for metabolic disorder. The participants who felt the least valued and had the highest self-blame were around 46% more likely To have metabolic syndrome. These participants were also found to have metabolic syndrome. High triglycerides are 6 times more likely. [1], [2]

The highest levels of self-blame and internalizing devaluation were found in people who had taken those stereotypes and nasty words to heart. Three times the risk The metabolic syndromeComparable to the lowest-level group,

According to Dr. Scott Kahan (director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness, Washington, D.C.), the study supports earlier research. He stated:

Numerous studies have shown weight stigma can increase stress hormones, blood pressure and inflammation, and ultimately lead to several diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. [1]

Studies have shown, for example, that obesity can lead to diabetes. Stress hormones and inflammation are increasing In the body. It is also more difficult to exercise and eat healthy if you are not happy with yourself. [2]

As I mentioned, all that “poking fun at obese people” has been linked to binge-eating and premature death.

Rebecca L. Pearl, PhD, said:

There is a common misconception that people need to be stymied to lose weight. Research has shown that people can lose weight with just a little bit of stigma. This is not true.” [2]

What does this all mean? First, you must love yourself before you can make healthy changes in your life. It’s not okay to shame overweight people. If you are one of those people who is being shamed for their weight, The problem is with the person who stigmatizes you You are not the only one!

Pearl was added:

“People with obesity are often portrayed in negative light in the media. There’s bullying at school, on social networks and people feel judged by their family or in health-care settings.

Instead of blaming or shaming people, and dismissing their struggles, we should work together to establish goals for improving health behaviors. [2]

It is still possible to make improvements in your health

This is not to say you shouldn’t be overweight or obese. Being overweight is not healthy. Even if your health isn’t in crisis, there’s a good chance that you will develop them in the future if you don’t lose weight.

If you have struggled with your weight or with how you feel about youself, Set small but achievable goals to lose weight. You have many reasons to be proud of yourself and tangible achievements to cheer you on.


[1] HealthDay

[2] Health

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