Fat Shaming Leads to Weight Gain

Fat Shaming Leads to Weight Gain

Being called fat, or being fat shamed, has an immense and very measurable effect on the person years later.

Someone who is overweight or obese may feel ‘different’ and treated ‘differently’ by others.

Unfortunately, people who carry more weight than what is supposedly healthy is becoming the norm, not the exception.

However, those carry the extra kilos are experiencing more and more discrimination and judgement by society.

They can be treated with less respect, get poorer service from staff and even harassed.

Friends, family and medical professionals may think they have the best intentions of telling someone that they need to lose weight but unfortunately, this can lead to people gaining weight, not losing. 

Overweight people are often stereotyped as being lazy, and body shaming over and over again has found that it results in many negative consequences including:

  • Depression;
  • Anxiety;
  • Social isolation;
  • Body dissatisfaction;
  • Obesity
  • Eating disorders, and
  • Disordered eating behaviours such as binge eating, emotional eating and food addiction.

Being Called Fat Causes Obesity

A study by UCLA Psychologists have made a startling discovery, young girls who were called fat, around age ten, are more likely to be obese by age nineteen.

In fact, the likelihood of them becoming obese was 1.66 times greater than their peers.

Also, the more people who told her she was fat, the likelihood of her becoming obese increased.

“Being called fat has an immense and very measureable effect on the person years later,” according to Assist. Prof. Tomiyama.

The study showed that even if girls are not overweight, but labelled so by peers and/or family, the likelihood of being obese years later increased.

Labeling can result in increased stress and worry over body weight, shape and image, leading to disordered eating behaviours.

5 Steps to Create to Lasting Change

Being body-positive is not only about your physical self… it is about who you really are! Beat social pressure and misguided norms with these 5 steps:

Tip #1 – Live in the NOW

Realise that your thoughts and the words of others are not your reality.

Take control of your thought process and stop comparing the now with the past, or scenarios in the future.

Use your breathing to focus on the present and turn your focus towards something in that moment.  

Tip #2 – Celebrate Even the Smallest Change

When we celebrate the small wins for successful change, we are celebrating habit and/or behaviour development.

When you look back at what may have been a small change at the time, it could have made a bigger impact in your life. 

Tip #3 – Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin

There is only one YOU in this world!

Your mind and body are your vehicles through this lifetime.

If something makes you uncomfortable – stop! and find things that make you feel comfortable.

Do things that make YOU happy.

Be who YOU want to be. 

Tip #4 – Build Self-compassion

When people are constantly tearing you down and making mean comments about your body, you can start tearing yourself down.

Ditch the negativity and focus on the positives.

Be kind to yourself!

What really matters is what you think about yourself – not what other people think. 

Tip #5 – Celebrate Yourself for Who You Are Today

To be happy and healthy, realise that you need to celebrate your uniqueness, accept your flaws, and work on goals that matter to you.

No matter where you are in your journey, always celebrate you for who you are today!

If you or your child is suffering from Body Dissatisfaction, or concerns about body shape and size and this has resulted in low Self-Esteem, Disordered Eating Behaviours and/or Eating Disorders, then Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic can help with personal support.

It is not weak to seek help from a professional.

Fit Minds and Bodies Clinic understand your struggles and provides you with information and support to help you overcome the behaviours maintaining Disordered Eating and/or Eating Disorders.

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