3 thoughts on “The Fat Shaming Epidemic

  • July 26, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    This is a very good article. I hate that there are people who think they have the right to shame anyone, let alone strangers!

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  • July 26, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Great post. Shaming has the effect noted. Self-kindness can help us cope and make changes easier because we are supportive of ourselves.

    Sad that folks think cruelty works. Yet, look how cruel we are often to our own selves.

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  • September 14, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    It does not end at “fat-shaming”. I have been at both ends of the spectrum, a size 0 during the height of a lifelong overexercising disorder, and now a size 22 after two bouts with cancer that left me too weak to exercise. I was criticized for both.
    Thyroid under-activity is a usual suspect for weight gain, but the ugliness people throw so willingly around on the internet does not care about illness, deadly disease changing your priorities or something as simple and small as a thyroid destroying your body.
    I think a very simple solution to this horrendous, hateful internet behavior would be to simply not allow comments on some types of articles. If someone wants to rebut or add to the discussion they can start their own blog, write their own article and get their own thoughts out there. Another simple solution would be to disallow screen names, pseudo-names or aliases. Make people take full responsibility for the repercussions of their words. Allow a GPS detection device so someone’s general location can be attached to their name and comment. If you’re adding something positive, you shouldn’t worry about it. If you’re adding a hateful comment because if you gave voice to them in your real life, you’d have fewer friends, no job and just generally be an unlikeable person. If there was a chance that real life implications could occur because of online prejudice people may just decide to keep every ugly thing that pops into their head to themselves.

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