Effect | Shaming | Fat | USA | 03rd October 2021 | Virtual Wire
In America, obesity is a critical health concern. A related problem is Fat-Shaming. Fat shaming can lead to anxiety, depression, and poor body image.
We believe these seven steps can help recognize, address, and minimize fat-shaming in Western culture. In America, obesity is a critical public health problem resulting in almost 400,000 deaths annually. The obesity rate for Americans in 2020 was 42% for adults, rising 26% since 2008.
The cultural bias against fatness is a form of discrimination present in most societies around the world. In many countries, people who are considered "overweight" or "obese" are subjected to social stigmatization and exclusion from employment opportunities and access to education and public transportation. In America, fat-shaming is an epidemic that can lead to anxiety, depression, and poor body image.
What is Fat Shaming?
The term "fat-shaming" refers to using language, images, and other means of expression to ridicule people with higher body weights. There is a difference between criticizing someone for their weight and fat-shaming them. While both actions may be motivated by the desire to help someone struggling with an unhealthy lifestyle, only one is driven by a sense of superiority. People who fat-shame assume that they are morally and ethically superior to those who are overweight and obese.
Why the Western World has a Weight Bias Against Fat People
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There is a cultural bias against fat people in the Western World. Higher weight is associated with lower social status and more negative self-evaluation. Weight bias also leads to discrimination, such as less support from doctors and fewer job opportunities. Weight bias exists in all cultures, but it may be more commonly accepted in Western culture than other cultures because Western cultures often equate thinness with attractiveness while some different cultures do not. As a society, Westerners have access to smartphones and social media at younger and younger ages. This access makes it difficult for these developing minds to escape anxiety and depression from comparison and unrealistic expectations.