“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.” – Michelle Obama
Good intentions or not, fat shaming or weight shaming will never inspire positive results. Insulting overweight people with the intent of shaming them into taking action to lose weight has long since been the road most traveled. However, this precept has proven to be counterproductive with negative results. Plos One’s research article “Perceived Weight Discrimination and Obesity” proves this point. Participants who began the study at a normal weight and were subject to fat shaming were 2.5 times more inclined to become obese than those who were not shamed. Participants who were already obese at the beginning of the study and subject to fat shaming were 3 times more likely to maintain their weight throughout the 4 year study.
Positive Weight Loss Promotion
First Lady Michelle Obama has spent her time in the White House advocating for a healthier America. Last year her “Let’s Move” initiative promoted the importance of exercise, encouraging Americans to get on their feet and participate in some form of exercise every day. The first lady is not all talk and no action when it comes to being fit. In April 2012, Ms. Obama appeared on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and worked out side-by-side with the show’s contestants at the White House. This year the first lady will once again join the team of “The Biggest Loser” to promote her “Drink Up” campaign encouraging America to drink more water. This episode will air in November.
Fat Shaming and Eating Disorders
Most people battling obesity have, at one time or another, fallen prey to fat shaming. Quite often the outcome of such cruelty is not a slimmed-down wife, mother, sister, brother, or friend. But, someone who has turned to an eating disorder to combat the negative arrows and the pain they have caused. Eating disorders can be fatal. If fat shaming is pushing you to negatively care for your body, contact us right away. We will gently help you repair your brokenness and learn how to care for yourself in a positive, healthy way.