According to BEDA (Binge Eating Disorder Association):
~Shame placed upon individuals based on weight or body size.
~Judgment & biases predetermined by weight, body size, lifestyle
~Judgment of a person’s character, work ethics, & personality based on weight
~Suffering prejudice & discrimination because of one’s weight
~Inequalities in the employment, health-care, & educational settings due to negative stereotypes that overweight & obese persons are lazy & incompetent
~Can be communicated both directly & indirectly
~Negative attitudes affecting interactions
~Subtle & overt expressions
How are individuals stigmatized?
~Comments regarding body size from health-care providers, employers, etc.
~Stereotypes leading to rejection, prejudice, & discrimination
~Mistreatment from peers (specifically bullying in children)
What are the Origins of Weight Stigma?
~Media portrayal and societal pressure regarding obesity
~Cultural value of thinness
~Culture blaming victims (overweight/obese people) instead of investigating environmental factors
~General belief that people only fail to lose weight because they lack the will power & discipline (when research tells us that 97% of people who lose weight on a diet, gain it back & sometimes more…)
How has weight stigma negatively impacted you?
Remember weight stigma affects thin and fat people alike.
Please check in this week to read more about Weight Stigma.