Can fat-shaming ever be justified?

Fat-shaming is irrational and damaging

It can encourage self-growth

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The practice of fat-shaming is based on a flawed socially-ingrained assumption that a person’s weight reflects her or his health, self-discipline, worthiness and happiness, holds Rachael Schultz of Shape. The primary factor behind a person’s weight is genetics, followed by hormones, mental health, medication, socioeconomic status and age. Thinness can be maintained by unhealthy means and does not represent a healthier lifestyle. Fat-shaming is an arbitrary judgement that is either downright malicious or misguided in the form of ‘concern.’ As a society, we need to educate ourselves about the factors behind weight and end harmful fat-shaming.

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Fat-shaming can be productive if performed under a non-vicious and policy-based strategy, weighs Lindsay Abrams of The Atlantic. Being overweight is a negative factor for anyone due to a variety of causes, albeit only some of them being rational. Society is biased in judging, maligning, regulating and fining smokers based on health worries that mirror those relating to obesity. A similar approach could be just as effective at curbing obesity, by spurring obese people to eat healthier and exercise more. Body acceptance, blind to self-destructive habits, normalizes unhealthy lifestyles based on arbitrary notions that, unlike smoking, obesity needs to be appeased.

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