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Fat-shaming actually makes people's health worse, study by Pennsylvania University finds

Posted by on Aug. 16, 2017 at 7:16 PM
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/29/fat-shaming-actually-makes-peoples-health-worse-study-pennsylvania/

Rozina Sabur
29 JANUARY 2017 • 4:52 PM
Fat shaming people into losing weight has the reverse effect and makes them more likely to have a heart attack, according to new research.

The idea that fat shaming - the term used to describe mocking a person for their size - inspires victims to shed the pounds is a myth, scientists have warned.

Researchers said painful messages drive people towards comfort eating and may increase the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease.

Professor Rebecca Pearl, of the University of Pennsylvania, said: "There is a common misconception that stigma might help motivate individuals with obesity to lose weight and improve their health.

"We are finding it has quite the opposite effect. When people feel shamed because of their weight, they are more likely to avoid exercise and consume more calories to cope with this stress.

"In this study, we identified a significant relationship between the internalisation of weight bias and having a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome, which is a marker of poor health."

Her research branded 'body shaming' as a "pervasive form of prejudice" which is found in cyber bullying, critiques of celebrities' appearances, at work and school and in public places.

People who are battling obesity face being stereotyped as lazy, incompetent, unattractive, lacking willpower and to blame for their shape.

Those who "internalise negative stereotypes" face a greater threat of heart disease, strokes and diabetes.

The study published in the medical journal Obesity found this was "above and beyond" the effects of body mass index (BMI) and depression.

It examined 159 obese adults who were enrolled in a larger clinical trial testing the effects of weight loss medication.

The study began with questionnaires measuring depression and "weight bias internalisation" before any intervention was given.


This occurs when people apply negative weight stereotypes to themselves, such as believing they are lazy or unattractive, and devalue themselves because of their size.

Participants also underwent medical examinations, which determined whether they had a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome, a number of risk factors, such as high triglycerides, blood pressure, and a large waist circumference, which are associated with heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other obesity-related health problems.

Those who had a very negative impression of their size were three times more likely to have metabolic syndrome, and six times more likely to have high triglycerides, or blood fats.

Co-author Professor Tom Wadden said: "Health care providers, the media, and the general public should be aware blaming and shaming patients with obesity is not an effective tool for promoting weight loss, and it may in fact contribute to poor health if patients internalise these prejudicial messages.

"Providers can play a critical role in decreasing this internalisation by treating patients with respect, discussing weight with sensitivity and without judgment, and giving support and encouragement to patients who struggle with weight management - behaviours everyone should display when interacting with people with obesity."

Previous studies have shown exposure to weight bias and stigma badly affects mental and physical health, which leads to increased inflammation and levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. They can also increase the likelihood of overeating and avoiding exercise.

The researchers said that larger, longer term studies were required to further explore the possible biological responses and behaviours that may explain why individuals with obesity who internalise weight bias might be at greater risk for cardio-metabolic disease.

Prof Pearl added: "Disparagement of others due to their weight and messages that perpetuate blame and shame, if internalised, can cause harm to the physical and mental health of individuals with obesity.

"As health care practitioners, we can help challenge negative, internalised stereotypes by educating patients about the complex biological and environmental factors that contribute to obesity, while providing concrete strategies to help patients manage their weight and improve their health."
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VooDooB
by The Corruptor on Aug. 16, 2017 at 7:22 PM
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LGA look! Facts and science! Don't "deny facts and science!"

LGAll65215
by on Aug. 16, 2017 at 7:34 PM
Is it fat shaming when your Doctor tells you to lose weight?
jessilin0113
by Ruby Member on Aug. 16, 2017 at 7:39 PM
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It's fat shaming when you don't mind your own goddamn business and allow people to worry about their own health. What you posted wasn't groundbreaking or controversial, it was common knowledge and people can choose to work on their health or not without your input.

Quoting LGAll65215: Is it fat shaming when your Doctor tells you to lose weight?
Dzyre1115
by Gold Member on Aug. 16, 2017 at 7:41 PM
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Did we really need a study to tell us that verbal abuse leads to depression which leads to eating disorders....
LGAll65215
by on Aug. 16, 2017 at 7:44 PM
Okie dokie.
I don't agree.
But it seems that this type of information about health issues seems to make people defensive and they are their own worst enemies , hurting themselves . It's denial. They say that they're healthy even if their weight puts them in the obese category. Sad .
I keep trying but I get bashed .
Too bad .


Quoting jessilin0113: It's fat shaming when you don't mind your own goddamn business and allow people to worry about their own health. What you posted wasn't groundbreaking or controversial, it was common knowledge and people can choose to work on their health or not without your input.
Quoting LGAll65215: Is it fat shaming when your Doctor tells you to lose weight?
Matboxcards
by on Aug. 16, 2017 at 7:46 PM
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LGA, if you want to discuss your own health issues (ie related to aging or something) I'm all ears. The issue is that you are targeting other people and not speaking for yourself.

Quoting LGAll65215: Okie dokie.
I don't agree.
But it seems that this type of information about health issues seems to make people defensive and they are their own worst enemies , hurting themselves . It's denial. They say that they're healthy even if their weight puts them in the obese category. Sad .
I keep trying but I get bashed .
Too bad .


Quoting jessilin0113: It's fat shaming when you don't mind your own goddamn business and allow people to worry about their own health. What you posted wasn't groundbreaking or controversial, it was common knowledge and people can choose to work on their health or not without your input.
Quoting LGAll65215: Is it fat shaming when your Doctor tells you to lose weight?
jessilin0113
by Ruby Member on Aug. 16, 2017 at 7:47 PM
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I get my health information from my doctor because it's personal and PRIVATE. Like it or not, intentional or not, you have a reputation for being disgusted by fat people so what you might think is goodwill or altruism comes across as judgemental and obnoxious. People are aware of their own health issues and if they're not, it's 1000% not your problem. Especially around a sensitive subject like weight and body image.

Quoting LGAll65215: Okie dokie.
I don't agree.
But it seems that this type of information about health issues seems to make people defensive and they are their own worst enemies , hurting themselves . It's denial. They say that they're healthy even if their weight puts them in the obese category. Sad .
I keep trying but I get bashed .
Too bad .


Quoting jessilin0113: It's fat shaming when you don't mind your own goddamn business and allow people to worry about their own health. What you posted wasn't groundbreaking or controversial, it was common knowledge and people can choose to work on their health or not without your input.
Quoting LGAll65215: Is it fat shaming when your Doctor tells you to lose weight?
Matboxcards
by on Aug. 16, 2017 at 7:48 PM
Nope, absolutely not.


Quoting LGAll65215: Is it fat shaming when your Doctor tells you to lose weight?
Matboxcards
by on Aug. 16, 2017 at 7:50 PM
I just can't today, I swear. My bullshit quota got filled pretty early today.

Quoting VooDooB:

LGA look! Facts and science! Don't "deny facts and science!"

mommy_jules
by Julie on Aug. 16, 2017 at 7:51 PM
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Depends on the delivery. I believe there is a way to address weight issues appropriately and other ways that aren't helpful. If a doctor makes a patient who is overweight, ashamed and embarrassed, it is likely to be counterproductive.

Quoting LGAll65215: Is it fat shaming when your Doctor tells you to lose weight?
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