Societal and cultural norms are teaching young people to associate their body size with success, or lack thereof. Photo: Alamy
Societal and cultural norms are teaching young people to associate their body size with success, or lack thereof. Photo: Alamy
Wellness

Fat shaming in Asia has to stop – it’s time parents and teachers changed their attitudes towards weight

  • Young women in Asia are under pressure from family and society to look ‘thin and dainty’. Some go to extreme lengths to have the ‘ideal’ body
  • Habits formed in adolescence have long-term implications for mental and physical health, so it is up to family and teachers to set the right example

Societal and cultural norms are teaching young people to associate their body size with success, or lack thereof. Photo: Alamy
Societal and cultural norms are teaching young people to associate their body size with success, or lack thereof. Photo: Alamy
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