Fatties face ridicule and abuse

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Apparently obese people don’t get a lot of respect from the rest of the population

Overweight people face so much ridicule and abuse it makes it harder for them to slim down, a study claims.  

Four in ten complain they suffered some sort of personal insult or abuse at least once a week, according to a survey of more than 2,500 who struggled to lose weight.

Problems ranged from rude shop assistants in fashion chains laughing at the idea of people asking for larger sizes to supermarket staff commenting on what people have in their trolley.

Overweight people find they are mocked or filmed in the street, while girls enjoying a night out have been targeted by groups of young men.

More importantly, their opportunities to get a job or promotion – and so improve their lives – have been blocked by discrimination.

You know.  You can’t change your sex, or your race.   But you can change if you weigh too much.   It’s a “discrimination” that is totally in your own hands.  (Ok, with a very few notable exceptions  – lets take that as read)  

Professor James Stubbs, the chair of Behaviour Change and Weight Management at the University of Derby, said: ‘As a society we need to think more about how we treat people who struggle with weight and we need to be more aware of how discrimination can impact on people’s feelings and lifestyle behaviours.

‘Criticism of overweight people is widespread and not only is this rude and unpleasant, it’s also really unhelpful when it comes to motivating people to lose weight.

‘In fact the evidence suggests that it undermines people’s attempts at controlling their weight and, for many, even causes increased weight gain.’

By making fun of them, we make them fatter?  REALLY?

Oh give me strength….

He added: ‘When we’re constantly criticised and judged by others for our weight, it chips away at our self-confidence, leaving us feeling guilty and ashamed.

‘The danger with that is that all of our cultural signals; our upbringing, the media and our social, physical and cultural environments, are persuading us to use food to make us feel better.

‘That only worsens our weight problem, creating a cycle of shame and weight gain that can be difficult to break.’

A cycle of shame and weight gain.

It is all YOUR fault these people are fat.

Give me strength

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