Our world has changed faster than our bodies have been able to adapt. Our brains and body cues naturally encourage us to eat high fat, easy access, salty and sweet foods as if the supply will run out. But for most of us, it doesn’t. Artificial food additives trick our senses and may contribute to addictive feeding behavior. Other biologic and environmental factors make some individuals especially prone to overeat. Blaming the individual does not address the complexity of the problem.
In fact, Stigma can contribute to shaming, teasing and isolation of those who struggle with obesity.
This can have grave consequences in children leading to dangerous dieting, low self-esteem, depression and eating disorders. Those struggling with weight gain need support. It’s important to fight hate speech and confront shaming behavior.