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.

I’ll Be Happy When…

I’ll Be Happy When…

On some level, does a part of you which secretly believes that when you reach a particular goal that life will improve or the burdens of the past will just disappear?

This is the ‘Fairytale’ Syndrome . . .

When we were children, we believed in fairytales with a happy ever after ending.

As we grow up we still hold on to this same belief or fantasy.

We want a happy ever after ending amongst the true reality of life.

Even though we may not consciously believe in this or purposefully put our lives on hold until we reach a happy ever after, we do.

It is like watching a movie when it gets to an exciting bit and you hold your breath, urgently anticipating what is going to happen next.

This is what many people tend to do in their own life.

There seems to be a period of holding your breath or not living life to its fullest in anticipation for the ending or end result.

The focus is on the goal and everything hinges on the end result and many people either:

Reach their goals and find that:

  • Nothing has changed;
  • They are exhausted and they relax, or
  • Return to old habits out of disappointment, exhaustion and grief.


Never reach their goals as the reality of the goal is so unrealistic that they:

  • Can only maintain the rigid lifestyle or program for a limited time;
  • They return to their existing habits feeling like a failure, and
  • Become disillusioned with life and depressed.

This all results in the yo-yo effect which pulls down our:

  • Self-esteem;
  • Confidence;
  • Efficacy;
  • Belief in ourselves, and
  • It begins to alter our identity.

5 Tips to Avoid Fairytale Syndrome

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To avoid the Fairytale Syndrome and yo-yo effect you can follow these five (5) simple, yet effective tips:

Tip #1 – Know Your End Goal and Reduce It

Most of the time we set unrealistic and unachievable goals which leads to disappointment and loss of motivation.

Know what your outcome goal/end result is and reduce it by at least 20%.

If you have a weight loss goal of 20kg – your new weight loss goal is 16kg.

Tip #2 – Set Realistic Goals

By setting unrealistic goals we set ourselves up for failure from the start.

Set a realistic deadline and add 30% e.g. if your deadline is 3 months (90 days)  – your new deadline is (90 + 27 = 117) = almost 4 months.

Tip #3 – Focus on the Journey

Look at the process and stop looking at the end result – LIVE LIFE NOW!!!

Find fun ways to help you achieve your goals.

Things that are going to get you excited about moving closer to your goal.

If you do fun and exciting things, your goals don’t feel like a chore and you may even achieve them ahead of schedule!

Tip #4 – Measure your progress

Look for progress – at least 8 different ways that are not the ways you have previously gauged progress.

Have fun with this too!

Tip #5 – Achievement charts

Create an achievement chart with lots of bright colours, stars, quotes and things that have been achieved.

Even the smallest thing can be an achievement and needs to be celebrated.

This will help when times are tough or you feel as though you have made no progress or feel like falling off the wagon.

It is a real motivator!

By using these guidelines to make small and achievable goals, instead of focusing on the end result, you will see improvements in your body and your mindset.

If you are struggling and feel like you would like guidance moving towards your health and happiness goals, why not get in touch and book an appointment.

Booking an appointment with Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic can help you:

  • Live in the now;
  • Have fun with reaching goals;
  • Create an exciting and fun process for true change, and
  • Help you enjoy the journey instead of focusing on the end result.