Both skinny- and fat-shaming can smash self-esteem, but discrimination against overweight people is rampant in education, employment and health care. Photo: Shutterstock Both skinny- and fat-shaming can smash self-esteem, but discrimination against overweight people is rampant in education, employment and health care. Photo: Shutterstock
Both skinny- and fat-shaming can smash self-esteem, but discrimination against overweight people is rampant in education, employment and health care. Photo: Shutterstock
Wellness

Skinny or fat, the shaming hurts either way – but only one leads to ‘systemic exclusion and oppression’, say experts

  • Experts agree criticising someone for how thin they are is a legitimate problem that can lead to serious mental health consequences, including lower self esteem
  • But comparing it to fat shaming is a ‘dangerous’ conflation – larger people often receive fewer promotions and are more likely to face medical discrimination

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Both skinny- and fat-shaming can smash self-esteem, but discrimination against overweight people is rampant in education, employment and health care. Photo: Shutterstock Both skinny- and fat-shaming can smash self-esteem, but discrimination against overweight people is rampant in education, employment and health care. Photo: Shutterstock
Both skinny- and fat-shaming can smash self-esteem, but discrimination against overweight people is rampant in education, employment and health care. Photo: Shutterstock
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