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Yet another study came out this week confirming that perceived weight stigma does not help overweight get thinner people. In fact, weight discrimination is more likely to make them gain weight.
Participants who experienced weight discrimination were approximately 2.5 times more likely to become obese by follow-up (OR = 2.54, 95% CI = 1.58–4.08) and participants who were obese at baseline were three times more likely to remain obese at follow up (OR = 3.20, 95% CI = 2.06–4.97) than those who had not experienced such discrimination.
In other news, a study confirms the pope is Catholic.
It’s possible by now you are well and truly sick of hearing me say that fat shaming people does not help them lose weight. I know I’m a little sick of saying it. But as long as the world takes this “fat shaming doesn’t work but let’s try it again” approach, I’ll feel honor-bound to keep repeating it.
On the same day that I came across this new research, I came across this gem (warning, serious asshattery) touting some new “hard-hitting childhood obesity ads” out of the UK. While the article on Buzz Feed praises the ad for not showing pictures of fat kids looking miserable (as in the Georgia Billboard campaign), the author clearly needs a delivery from the clue department. Because, even if you use kindergarten level graphics or an image of an overflowing urn, shaming people is shaming. And shaming people doesn’t work. Shaming people doesn’t work. SHAMING PEOPLE DOESN’T WORK. *Grabs paper bag and starts breathing into it…*
Despite all the evidence mounting from all the studies about shame and obesity, the anti-fat people regularly demonstrate the qualities of insanity by trying the same things over and over again and expecting different results. I think the reasoning goes something like, “Even though it didn’t work last time, fat-shaming gets government and organizational funding like nobody’s business. Let’s get a grant to do it a little bit differently than we did it before and spin the results like a Maytag washer.”
So it seems that folks are going to continue to spend money on ineffective and dangerous fat shaming. And I’ll continue to write about it. It’s the circle of blog life I guess.
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