STUDY: 'Fat shaming' increases chance of becoming obese

STUDY: 'Fat shaming' increases chance of becoming obese
MGN-Online, Ed Yourdon
Friday, August 2, 2013 - 4:59pm

"I think it's abuse," said Dr. Joseph Arisco. "I don't think it's right to pick on someone has as a defect and go out of your way to use that as a means to torture them."

The Center for Disease Control recently reported that more than one third of U.S. adults and about one fifth of U.S. adolescents are obese.

And some people think the best way to push someone to lose weight is to shame them about their weight or bully them.

But a new study reports that this is not the best way to encourage someone to shed pounds. In fact, it increases the chance for the person to either stay obese or become obese.

"It is not helpful to ever give somebody a negative image of themselves and expect them to do better," said Dr. Arisco.

He also says calling someone fat or making someone feel bad about themselves is the wrong way to approach the situation.

"It's always better to give them a positive image of themselves and encourage them to do their best," Dr. Arisco said.

Real Johnson is a fitness trainer at F.I.T. Fitness, and he says it depends on the person whether or not you want to be rough on them about their weight.

"If you have a beginner you might need to be more sensitive," Johnson said. "Give them softer words, almost like with a child."

But for those people in the right mind set, Johnson said it's okay to be a little rough.

"I think giving them constructive criticism would motivate them," Johnson said.

Tyler Tejas works out regularly and he says the encouragement from his trainer makes him work harder and that it is all about your mind set.

"If you think you're fat you're going to get there," Tejas said. "But if you think you can change and improve your body, then go for it."

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