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How Fat Shaming Can Scientifically Cause Weight Gain

September 23, 2015 2 min read

You may have heard about the fat shaming debate that has been sparked by the now infamously viral video, "Dear Fat People". While YouTube Comedian Nicole Arbour said her harsh, offensive monologue was disguised as a way to 'help' overweight people become healthier, science and common sense disagrees that this tactic is an effective tool. weight gain anxiety depression Fat shaming is part of a wider realm of body shaming, which doesn't discriminate. Body shaming is a way to hate on all sizes and shapes. It is a way to bring down someone for being thin, curvy, tall, short, old, young... Science tells us that saying damaging comments to someone can actually have a physical impact on their size. People who feel bad about their weight become increasing discouraged to become physically fit, causing a vicious and unhealthy cycle of fat gain. Mentally, depression and anxiety can be triggered by fat shaming. Over-eating and becoming sedentary are symptoms of these disorders. In some cases, a particular protein responsible for weight gain can skyrocket in our bodies when we're told we're too large. Gregory Brown, creator of AsapSCIENCE and part of the research team on the physical effects of body shaming has a message for those who partake in shaming in the form of 'comedy': "If you wanted to help other people around you, there's a lot of other ways you could do it, and it's completely self-righteous to act like you're only doing this because you have the best intentions at heart." Share your thoughts with us! Do you believe body shaming can result in negative behaviour? Source: A Plus Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_110224" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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