Research has proven that fat shaming plays no motivating factor for obese people to lose weight. Before dissecting this claim, we must first understand what fat shaming is.
Fat shaming is the term used to describe discrimination against obese or overweight people. This discrimination is given by those who “fat shame” as a way to motivate obese or overweight individuals to lose weight. However, it has been proven that the abuse does not motivate and in some cases it has an adverse effect, causing some individuals to gain more weight.
Most obese individuals say they get fat shamed by being treated disrespectfully or harassed while in public. These episodes tend to happen while they shop for clothes, food or even go about their day.
Research has also proven that obese and overweight individuals not only receive abuse from the general public but they also are subject to being fat-shamed by health professionals. Numerous overweight patients claim their doctors disrespected them during their consultations.
There are numerous forms of fat shaming, some happen overtly, while others are covert. Recent time has seen fat shaming taking over social media, with disparaging comments usually placed underneath pictures of an obese person. It does appear that this behaviour, previously only online has made its way into the real world, causing untold damage as the perpetrators do not understand the effect it has on their victims.
Studies have shown that individuals tend to stress eat after suffering discrimination. This is because the body’s response to stress increases appetite, particularly for food that is both energy dense and unhealthy.
It has also shown that individuals suffering from discrimination see less likely to exercise as they have suffered a loss of confidence.
In all, it is best not to discriminate, as studies show it does nothing but untold damage to the overweight individual’s weight loss goal.