Binge Eating Disorder Association– stated:
“Scientific study of 170,000 people: feeling fat is worse for your health than actually being fat. Why does our culture promote making people feel that way?”
So rather than just seeing another awareness week and nodding why not take a moment to pause. Let’s think about this for a moment and consider what the not so small study of 170,000 people, found.
“The obesity ‘epidemic’ might have a lot more to do with our collective preoccupation with obesity than obesity itself,”
the study’s lead author, Dr. Peter Muennig of Columbia University in New York City, told Reuters Health. Muennig also stated:
“We still need to focus on healthy diet and exercise as public health officials, but we need to take fatness out of the equation. Were we to stop looking at body fat as a problem, the problem may well disappear.”
The researchers noted that women experience more stigma for being fat than men (although I have to say that in my practice this is changing at a remarkable speed), and that excess weight may be less acceptable among white people than among African-Americans or Hispanics.
The study found that being overweight doesn’t increase mortality in ethnic groups that are more accepting of heavy people. Muennig stated:
“For instance, African-Americans as a group experience almost no excess mortality, even for women who are 5’5″ and 250 pounds.”
“There needs to be a realization among public health officials and medical professionals that the messages we are giving the public could be doing more harm than good,” Muennig said.
Please note: this is not a new study it was conducted in 2008, with that in mind lets not let it get swept under the carpet yet again. Start where you have real control and power, your body and mind!
Help yourself to be healthier by:
On a personal and global level what can you do to begin to make a difference in weight stigma?
Warm Aloha, Gina
American Journal of Public Health, March 2008