5 Science-Backed Effects of Fat Shaming You Should Be Aware Of

There are so many negative comments about overweight people on the internet. While some of these comments come from mean-spirited people, others think fat shaming will motivate overweight folks to lose weight.

You’d think that only slim people engage in fat shaming, but that’s not the case. Overweight people play a part, too. Research shows that fat people criticize others who are fat. Even worse, fat people stigmatize themselves.

Realize that criticizing yourself or others for being overweight doesn’t help. In fact, it has negative effects on the victim.

Here are 5 science-backed effects of fat shaming you should be aware of.

Fat shaming triggers overeating

Comments like ‘I think you’ve packed on pounds’ or ‘You shouldn’t eat that chocolate’ can trigger feelings of sadness and guilt. And how do most people deal with these feelings? If you guessed eating, you’re right.

Most overweight people struggle with emotional eating. So negative comments have the potential to fuel overindulging.

In this study, researchers found that overweight women overate and had less control over their eating habits when they were fat-shamed.

In another study, people who watched videos that criticized overweight people ate three times more compared to those who didn’t watch the videos.

Fat shaming makes people hate their bodies

According to this study, fat shaming leads to poor body image and low self-esteem. And people aren’t motivated to take great care of their bodies if they hate them.

In fact, the effects of bad body image go beyond that. Stigmatized people don’t feel comfortable in the gym or running in public. As a result, fat-shamed people could end up avoiding healthy habits.

There’s a link between fat shaming and obesity

Overweight people are likely to become obese after being fat-shamed. According to research, non-obese people will probably become obese after a few years if they experience weight discrimination. Additionally, those who are fat-shamed are less likely to lose weight.

Researchers say that effects can go beyond weight gain. Weight bias can also increase risk of cardiovascular disease.

Fat shaming can cause depression

Weight bias has a lot of negative psychological effects. Reports show that discrimination can increase depression and even trigger suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Depression will make the number on the scale go up. Research shows that depressed people gain weight faster than those who aren’t depressed.

It increases risk of metabolism syndrome

Metabolic syndrome doesn’t necessarily slow your metabolism but it can cause high blood pressure, belly fat gain and high blood sugar levels.

Research shows that people who experience weight bias have three times higher risk of metabolic syndrome compared to those who aren’t discriminated.

How has fat shaming affected you?


Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran2 years ago


Angela K
Angela K2 years ago

I agree 100% with heather g

heather g
heather g2 years ago

Those words reflect more about the person saying them than the person to whom they are directed........... remember that!

Irene S
Irene S2 years ago

Shaming somebody is not very often a good idea.

Winn A
Winn Adams2 years ago


Winn A
Winn Adams2 years ago


Amy Ingalls
Amy Ingalls2 years ago

These seem ro be kind of obvious results to shaming someone

Nang Hai C
Nang Hai C2 years ago


Cindy Black
Cindy Black2 years ago

I wouldn't SHAME someone for being fat, because I don't want to take that on myself, to make a stranger feel bad or mad... BUT, I sure as heck am personally disgusted! I have known many obese people, and every single one of them packed on the pounds because they didn't care what they ate (which was a LOT, and all the wrong stuff), didn't want to be lectured or even have it mentioned. Well, when they rack up million$$ in health care bills for their diabetes, heart attacks and other obesity-related ills and I HAVE TO PAY FOR IT, either in tax dollars or increased insurance rates, then I am not gonna be too happy. To me, an obese person is the same as a smoker, even worse. They're destroying their health, and I'm gonna have to pay for it.

Ricky T
Ricky T2 years ago

Fat shaming is one of the last accepted discriminations. And it needs to change!