Fat Shaming Doesn’t Work: British Study

Fat Shaming Doesn’t Work: British Study

A British study has suggested that ‘fat shaming’ or harassing overweight and obese people doesn’t work in their favor. University College London research team carried out a study on 2,944 people for four years.

The study group was asked if they faced discrimination because of being overweight. Five percent of the respondents shared that they faced discrimination at retail outlets and offices. The research team maintained a weight record of the study subjects. It was found that people who felt that they faced discrimination due to their weight, had gained 2 pounds on an average.

People who didn’t feel discriminated or ‘fat shamed’, lost around 1.5 pounds during the course of the study. The study has been published in journal Obesity.

"Our study clearly shows that weight discrimination is part of the obesity problem and not the solution," says co-author Jane Wardle, director of the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Centre at University College London (UCL).

Study co-author Dr. Sarah Jackson said that discrimination doesn’t help in weight loss.
It has a negative impact on the overweight person. The research team found higher tendency of comfort eating among overweight people who were fat shamed. They were found to eat higher quantity of unhealthy, energy-dense food.


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