Bullying: Is Fat Shaming a Problem in the LGBT Community?
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Is fat shaming helpful or not? We are bringing this up because currently, there’s a discussion on the Twitterverse about fat shaming brought about by a statement made by US talk show host Bill Maher where he said, “Fat shaming doesn’t need to end, it needs to make a comeback.” Maher added, “Some amount of shame is good. We shamed people out of smoking and into wearing seat belts. We shamed them out of littering and most of them out of racism. Shame is the first step in reform.”
Fellow TV host James Corden weighed in on the issue and said on his show:
Fat shaming never went anywhere. Ask literally any fat person. We are reminded of it all the time. There’s a common and insulting misconception that fat people are stupid and lazy, and we’re not…. We know that being overweight isn’t good for us and I’ve struggled my entire life trying to manage my weight and I suck at it. I’ve had good days and bad months.
Corden further explained, “It’s proven that fat shaming only does one thing. It makes people feel ashamed and shame leads to depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior like overeating.”
Research shows that indeed, it is as Corden says, fat shaming gives rise to depression, attempted suicide, and other psychological and eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia. Hence, on top of being dangerous, not only does it not work but fat shaming has been proven to be counterproductive. In fact, studies reveal that people who were bullied and discriminated against because of their weight “not only had a greatly reduced chance of weight loss, they actually tended to gain weight and become obese.”
That being said, how prevalent is fat shaming in the LGBT community, guys?
A survey among gay men aged 18-78 published in Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity says that more than one in three gay men have been fat shamed or rejected by other men because of their weight. A separate study among gay and straight college students on the other hand, revealed that an overweight person is most likely to be “blatantly ignored, treated rudely, or mocked” when they approach an “attractive potential romantic partner.” The study then concluded that not only is anti-fat bias a challenge for many in the LGBT community including those who are not actually overweight but “gay men expect other gay men to show these anti-fat biases when looking for a romantic partner.” Read the article by Gay Times Magazine in full here.
Brilliant segment on fat shaming. ‘Before you tell people what should go in their mouths, consider what is coming out of yours’ Worth a watch #FatShaming #publichealth #JamesCorden https://t.co/roffumqC27— LCresser (@CresserL) September 16, 2019
“People who comment on your weight are just concerned for your wellbeing” They weren’t concerned for my wellbeing when they pushed me down the stairs, poured water on me and beat me. Bullies are bullies, and I don’t want or need your concern. #FatShaming— TriSarahTops900 🧡 ⚙️💙 🔜 MCM Birmingham (@sfulloway01) September 16, 2019
I was bulimic for years.— Suzu (@suzuhiggins) September 14, 2019
I had chronic muscle weakness, but I was thin.
I lost enamel on my teeth, costing a fortune in dental bills, but I was thin.
I’d faint from low potassium, but I was thin.
My fear of bullies like Maher almost killed me, but at least I was thin.#FatShaming https://t.co/YlDoL6W049
What about you, guys? Have you ever experienced rejection because of your weight? How often do you observe/encounter fat shaming online and in real life? Share with us your thoughts and stories in the comments section below. Oh and keep in mind that fat shaming (like any other type of bullying) is NOT tolerated on Adam4Adam. If anyone sends you fat shaming messages, please report the user and we’ll take care of warning this person and take the proper action so that it doesn’t happen again!