The weight of words can be the cause of many evils, especially when they convey mockery about our physical appearance. People who are overweight know about the effects of fat-shaming more than anyone else. Indeed, fat-shaming can do a lot of damage to people who are struggling with their body weight, even increasing the misfortune of the person being bullied to be obese.
A study published last January highlighted that discrimination against obese children had a negative impact on their physical and moral health. “People who discriminated against for their weight, consume more calories, and cease to engage in physical activity. It is a vicious circle… which has very concrete consequences on their health,” wrote Rebecca Pearl, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania (USA) and author of the study published in the journal Obesity.
For teenagers, it can become a vicious cycle. Mockery based on weight and physical appearance on brains under construction can be devastating. Researchers from the University of Connecticut followed for 15 years 1,800 people aged 15 years at the start.
The results of the work published in Preventive Medicine speak for themselves. Teenagers who were finger-pointed in their youth for their appearance were twice as likely to be obese in adulthood. The use of diets or snacks, cravings were much more frequent in this population, especially among women. “With a lower self-esteem than the average,” concludes the research.