“Fat Shaming” May Contribute to Weight Gain


Telling a girl she is fat to encourage her to lose weight may actually have the opposite effect. A nine-year study of about 2,000 girls found that those who had been told they were too fat by a parent, sibling, peer, or teacher by the age of 10 (more than half of the girls in the study) were more likely to be obese by the time they were 20. Young people who feel shamed or stigmatized about their weight are vulnerable to a range of negative psychological and physical issues, and it stands to reason that negative weight labels, like “fat,” contribute to this process.




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