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Why Fat Shaming Is So Shameful

by Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD on Apr 17, 2017

Food for Thought

Negative stereotypes of people with obesity have painful consequences—especially if those people come to believe the stereotypes are true. Scientists call this weight‐bias internalization, and they have cause to worry about it.

New studies suggest that weight‐bias internalization raises the risk of metabolic syndrome and poorer health. Researchers think this happens because the increase in stressors prompts metabolic changes, physiological arousal and emotional responses that lead to overeating. Many studies also suggest that weight‐bias internalization makes people less likely to be active.

Ultimately, there's no point in shaming people into eating better, exercising more, losing weight and improving health. All it does is worsen their morale and heighten their health risks.

IDEA Fitness Journal, Volume 14, Issue 5

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About the Author

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD IDEA Author/Presenter

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD is a board-certified pediatrician, registered dietitian, and ACE Health Coach. She is committed to providing evidence-based nutrition and fitness information to health professionals and consumers alike in a way that is logical, practical and directly applicable to readers’ lives. She has authored over 100 publications and book chapters, all which are based on the latest scientific evidence and presented in a manner that is easy-to-understand and apply. She is Director of Healthcare Solutions for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) having written the nutrition chapters for each of ACE’s textbooks, the ACE Fitness Nutrition Manual and Specialty Certification, and recorded several Webinars and online courses. Furthermore, as a spokesperson for ACE, the largest fitness certifying and advocacy organization in the country, she informs broadcast and print media outlets throughout the U.S. on pertinent nutrition and fitness issues. She is author '"Eat Your Vegetables!" and other mistakes parents make: Redefining How to Raise Healthy Eaters'. She presented a similar topic at IDEA World 2009; the video is available for purchase through IDEA. Certifications: ACE, ACSM and NSCA