This just out!! Obesity stigma harms more than helps!!
Amazing they have to have an actual research journal article debating this. Isn't it obvious? Well, evidently not, sigh.
I suppose I should be grateful that someone is taking time to disprove the kinds of lame claims that more stigma is needed, not less.
On the flip side, though, is that while they are concerned about the negative effects of obesity stigma on fat people, the big concern is that this stigma gets in the way of obesity intervention efforts.
I know these authors have good intentions, but I don't think they quite get it, do you? Pretty typical of the Rudd Center, I gather.
But at least they are saying something against obesity stigma and countering the usual nonsense out there. It just amazes me that some idiots can actually believe that obesity stigma is really an effective tool for health improvement.
Here's the abstract of the study. [Obviously, emphasis mine.]
Obesity stigma: important considerations for public health.
Am J Public Health. 2010 Jun;100(6):1019-28. Epub 2010 Jan 14.
Puhl RM, Heuer CA.
Director of Research and Weight Stigma Initiatives, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University, 309 Edwards St, New Haven, CT 06520-8369, USA.
Stigma and discrimination toward obese persons are pervasive and pose numerous consequences for their psychological and physical health. Despite decades of science documenting weight stigma, its public health implications are widely ignored.
Instead, obese persons are blamed for their weight, with common perceptions that weight stigmatization is justifiable and may motivate individuals to adopt healthier behaviors. We examine evidence to address these assumptions and discuss their public health implications.
On the basis of current findings, we propose that weight stigma is not a beneficial public health tool for reducing obesity.
Rather, stigmatization of obese individuals threatens health, generates health disparities, and interferes with effective obesity intervention efforts.
These findings highlight weight stigma as both a social justice issue and a priority for public health.