Fat-Shaming Actually Leads to Weight Gain


Unsurprisingly, you can’t bully people into being skinny. According to a new study, ridiculing people about their bodies does absolutely nothing to motivate them to lose weight and it actually increases a person’s chance of becoming or staying obese. So fat-shamers can’t even hide behind “health” concerns anymore—they are just assholes who are making everything worse.

It’s already been established that making people feel shitty about their bodies can be emotional and psychological damaging, but a new study—published in the journal PLoS ONE—finds that it can also have physical effects.

In 2006 researchers interviewed and evaluated the BMIs over 6,000 Americans over the age of 50 with different body types.

But they found that the overweight people who reported experiencing weight discrimination were more than twice as likely to become obese by the next check-in in 2010. And people who were already obese in 2006 were three times more likely to remain obese by 2010 if they had experienced weight discrimination.

So the takeaway from this is that being super negative to people will not yield positive results. Shocking!

Image via Mediagram/Shutterstock

‘Fat shaming’ actually increases risk of becoming or staying obese, new study says [NBC News]

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Share Tweet Submit Pin