Overweight women experience stigma even after weight loss

A reader sent this in, I’m posting this for discussion as it does relate, in a way, to the purpose of this site: citing instances of discrimination and stigma faced by those who are fat. This doesn’t surprise me, especially since 95% of people who lose weight will go on to gain some/most/all of it back within 5 years. Comments relating your experiences facing continued discrimination/stigma even after losing weight are welcome.

Sorry, not related to this specific post but may be of interest to blog readers in general: this news story in Fox news quotes someone saying that there should be policies fighting the stigmatization of obesity (though still says we also should fight obesity at the same time): http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/05/29/overweight-women-experience-obesity-stigma-even-after-weight-loss-study-finds/

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  1. Mich

     /  June 17, 2012

    The photos these stories love to post (including doctors’ offices) always love to show the women in bikinis so you can see “them rolls of fat”. I hate them, since at no other time would a woman wear something like that.

    The article also gives the impression that fatness is the person’s own fault, which I guess the media has to do since “everyone believes it” and they can’t go counter to popular belief.

  2. Mich, are you saying that fat women don’t wear bikinis? I know for a fact that they do.

    ~DaynawithaY (posting under my DH’s account)

    • Mich

       /  August 3, 2012

      No I wasn’t. I was commenting on the type of bikini though, but I don’t think that came through. These pictures in the news always like to show fat people in bikinis so it’s easier to see and mock. If it was jeans or a suit, it wouldn’t be as easy. I don’t like bikinis personally because of my views on modesty.


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