Feeling like you don’t fit into the social norms for weight (meaning that you feel too fat or too skinny) can cause stress and depression, according to a new study discussed here. If I’m reading this correctly, it’s not based on whether you are, in fact, too fat or too thin, but whether you perceive that you are.
“If unhealthy weight perceptions are subsequently found to cause psychological distress or worse, depression, then we’ll need to determine whether social stigma, discrimination, and slim body image marketing trigger feelings of depression amongst those whom recognize that their weight status does not conform to a societal ideal…
Clearly both obesity and underweight are hazardous to health, increasing the risk of premature death, for example, but our findings suggest that public health initiatives...may need to promote healthy attitudes towards body weight and self-acceptance, regardless of weight status.”
Oh my god, someone’s finally on the right track. Self-acceptance is good! Social stigma is bad! Slim body image marketing is damaging! It seems like this one hasn’t quite hit the airwaves yet, but I wonder what sort of spin is going to be put on it for the general public. Will “Accepting people for who they are is awesome” be the next “Obesity is contagious“? We’ll see.
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