Tuesday, August 29, 2017
It starts early. It's pervasive. And it has huge effects upon people who experience discrimination based upon their weight.
Why? Because prejudice against obesity -- in employment, in medical care, in family relationships, in romantic relationships -- is still considered "OK". After all, if I'm fat it's my own fault: right? I could just take the weight off!!
Well, uh, no. For most of us, it's not that simple.
And in fact the discrimination we experience because of excess poundage can result in eating disorders including bingeing.
And if I internalize social disapproval for being fat -- even if I'm NOT actually fat -- then I'm more likely to become fat. And of course to experience more discrimination.
Appearance matters too much. Health is important, of course it is. But good health is not the same thing as super-slimness. Which is unobtainable for most of us. How many people do we actually see in our everyday lives who look like movie actresses or models?
What really matters? And how can positive self-talk assist us in combatting fat bias?