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All About Fat Shaming

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Will we ever learn about the complexities associated with weight gain and/or weight loss?  The following article presents a real life description of what can happen to people who have the misfortune to gain weight in the first place. Even though we are eating more calories than a few decades ago, there are many causes that still remain elusive.

One general solution would be education and encouragement of obesity prevention in the first place. The problem may not be weight loss as much as it is weight maintenance after weight loss has been successful. So many diet plans promise weight loss, but fail to educate the participants on how to keep their weight steady.  People become so discouraged after months of dieting only to see it subsequently return.

Other solutions may lie in the medical community that needs to revamp its attitudes about obesity patients and take a more cooperative approach, i.e., instead of chastisement, more encouragement and participation.  Weight loss counseling can be offered by physicians (however, unlikey) or refer the patient to others with more specialized training in nutrition and exercise physiology. Participants in weight loss programs who got more than 12 sessions with a dietitian or a health coach saw significant reductions in their rates of prediabetes and cardiovascular risk. Those who got less personalized care showed almost no improvement at all. This suggests that when obese people are given more of a chance to be understood, they may be able to stick to a diet and practice more preventive approaches to weight maintenance once they have lost the weight.

The article is long, but its messages are clear, precise and well stated.  One thing is known from their own stories – fat shaming is not helping.


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