The world needs to stop fat shaming and discriminating against people with obesity, a nutritionist argues. Photo: Alamy
Carrie Dennett
Opinion

Opinion

Carrie Dennett

Why we must stop fat shaming, weight bias, and discrimination against people with obesity

  • Obesity is wrongly regarded as a failing rather than a consequence of environment
  • This stigma creates barriers to health care, as overweight people are less likely to return for treatment

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The world needs to stop fat shaming and discriminating against people with obesity, a nutritionist argues. Photo: Alamy
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Societal and cultural norms are teaching young people to associate their body size with success, or lack thereof. Photo: Alamy

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
Topic |   Health and wellness

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