Fat-shaming may curb obesity bioethicist says

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Absolutely not. I was shamed for being fat as a young adult. Never mind, that it was only ten pounds, if that much. It made me feel helpless, unloved, unworthy. I tried to lose weight a few times and couldn't. I didn't feel able. It causes one to feel like nothing is worth doing. It's an awful thing. Bullying never helps.

I was one of those people that Daniel Callahan thinks that intervention would help. I was slightly overweight. I didn't get bigger in my adult years. After I had children, I became smaller. I stayed smaller because I worked retail. I didn't gain weight until I was separated from my husband. During my divorce, I was fired from my retail job, I had a boyfriend that liked to take me out to eat and I didn't have a place I felt comfortable exercising. I suppose it's not surprising that I gained about twenty pounds.

No one knows which teens and young adults that have a BMI on the border of normal/overweight will gain weight, lose weight or remained the same without intervention. Making these young people feel bad about themselves won't help. It didn't help me when my doctor gave me a weight loss diet to follow when I came in for an ear infection, sore throat or vomiting. It only made me feel helpless.

He had questions to ask overweight/obese people to shame them into losing weight.

If you are overweight or obese, are you pleased with the way you look? I loved the way I looked when I was overweight. I didn't become critical of it until I tried losing weight.
Are you happy that your added weight has made many ordinary activities, such as walking up a long fight of stairs, harder? I only have trouble with those activities if I'm in pain. The chronic pain can hit me if I weight 125 or 145.
Would you prefer to lessen your risk of heart disease and diabetes? My risk is minimal slightly overweight or normal weight.
Are you aware that, once you gain a significant amount of weight, your chances of taking that weight back off and keeping it off are poor? So what/
Are you pleased when your obese children are called “fatty” or otherwise teased at school? I was called those things when I wasn't fat.
Fair or not, do you know that many people look down upon those excessively overweight or obese, often in fact discriminating against them and making fun of them or calling them lazy and lacking in self-control? Bullying is worse. The bully should be punished, not the victim.

End of my rant.
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    Thank you for pointing out the poll. How can anyone think that ruining a young person's self-esteem could be helpful? Those 37 percent should be ashamed of themselves for thinking bullying helps. emoticon
    1878 days ago
  • DIANE7786
    Did you notice the majority that voted in their poll thought it was a horrible idea. Shame on the Today Show for giving this fool publicity.

    1878 days ago
    Negative thoughts result in a negative brain chemistry. Don't let others define how your brain works - take control. Measure yourself by "your measurements" and be happy throughout your journey. It's not a number that defines us nor our happiness. I've been overweight for much of my life, but never really felt bad about me - although many may have thought I should (for a variety of reasons). BMI is a false measurement and should never be used in any real clinical setting - don't buy-in. Just be you... just you... maybe a little smaller in size, but bigger in heart, and better in heath! Good luck!
    1879 days ago
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