The Harmful Effects of Fat Shaming 

What Is Fat Shaming 

Fat shaming involves criticizing and harassing overweight people about their weight or eating habits to make them feel ashamed of themselves. 

Causes Overweight People to Eat More 

Discrimination causes stress and negatively affects people. 

Linked to Increased Risk of Obesity 

Many observational studies have looked at weight discrimination and the risk of future weight gain and obesity. 

Harmful Effects on People with Obesity 

The harmful effects of fat shaming go beyond increased weight gain — which is serious enough. 

Risk of Suicide 

As mentioned above, studies show that weight discrimination is linked to an increased risk of depression. 

The Bottom Line 

Weight discrimination — including fat shaming — leads to stress and causes overweight and people with obesity to eat more. 

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