Overweight and obese people are often the targets of discrimination and teasing. But while some might argue that ‘fat shaming’ encourages weight loss, a new study of nearly 3,000 British adults shows it’s simply not true.
This isn’t actually very surprising. Previous research has found that people often resort to comfort eating after being shamed for their weight. What’s more, stress responses to discrimination can increase appetite, causing cravings for unhealthy, energy-rich food. Fat shaming also gives rise to body and confidence issues, making people less apt to participate in physical activities.
….Our study clearly shows that weight discrimination is part of the obesity problem and not the solution.
Support instead of persecution? That sounds like… empathy.