Weight Discrimination Woes
Individuals who experience weight discrimination may be more likely to put on more weight, say researchers from University College London. Published in Obesity, the study found that adults who reported weight discrimination gained more weight than those who didn't report weight discrimination. Researchers believe that making people feel ashamed about their weight (fat shaming), may lead to comfort eating. Examples of discrimination include receiving poor service, being harassed and being treated disrespectfully. The four-year study, which included almost 3,000 adults aged 50 and older, examined data from normal weight to obese adults who were part of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.