Making people aware of their obesity is not easy and often creates more problem than solutions. Experts are continuously warning against obesity shaming.
Often we can see, when someone is told that he is fat, they tend to eat more. Often people think that shaming a person about his obesity is a good way to ensure that the person tries to trim off that extra flab by exercises of diet control or some other means. However overweight people are not benefiting from it at all.
A new study has exposed the fallacy of advocating fat shaming as recourse to slim down. Fat shaming will actually make the person want to eat more. This is in sharp contrast to perceived notion that fat shaming can make a person slimmer and dissuade him from eating more. In fact it has the exact opposite effect.
The study involved 2,944 British Adults. The adults in the study also included those who had to experience discrimination due to weight gained more weight in comparison to those adults who did receive any type of discrimination.
Researchers have also come down heavily on doctor fat shaming as well. If the discrimination comes from the hands of a Doctor, the results are even worse. People who suffered discrimination which included being treated disrespectfully, being treated differently in shops and even facing harassment at work gained on an average, two pounds. Those who did not face any discrimination lost on average, 1.6 pound.
According to Dr. Sarah Jackson, the blame words used for the subjects was only bringing attention to something that the person was already fully aware of, courtesy their near and dear ones.
Dr. Sarah Jackson, an author of the study, said “Most people who are overweight are aware of it already and doesn’t need it pointed out to them. Telling them they are fat isn’t going to help – it is just going to make them feel worse,”