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Fat Shaming Is Not a Motivator!
NAAFA is appalled by fat-shaming ads targeting kids in Guatemala. Stigmatization only serves to increase discrimination.
“Social science research shows that stigma leads to a higher risk of self-harm, poorer health and social isolation for people with, as well as people threatened with, the stigmatized characteristic,”
The study Weight Stigma: Health Implications concludes that weight stigma:
· Compromises psychological well-being
· Is NOT an effective motivator for lifestyle changes
· Affects healthcare
More positive media portrayals of obese individuals may help reduce weight stigma and its associated negative health outcomes according to a 2012 study.
NAAFA, a civil rights organization working for Equality at Every Size, wants the League Against Obesity-Guatemala to know that fat shaming and public embarrassment do not achieve positive results. They are tools of the dark ages.
“NAAFA urges people to understand and embrace size diversity. We come in all sizes. You cannot determine a person’s health, ability to do a good job or talent based on their body size." stated Peggy Howell, NAAFA’s Vice Chairman & Public Relations Director.
Founded in 1969, NAAFA is a non-profit human rights organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for fat people. NAAFA works to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment through public education, advocacy, and member support.
On the web: http://www.naafa.org