Body Shaming Could Raise Health Risks

Body shaming can be lethal!

It’s a pervasive form of bullying with heavy side effects. It can take a toll on health by increasing risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • High triglycerides
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obesity

Depression and BMI are also associated dangers. According to studies, when people feel body shamed they are more likely to consume more calories to help cope with stress and depression leading to metabolic syndrome, a cluster of medical conditions that can predict early death. Body shaming doesn’t help victims exercise more or eat better… it has the opposite effect.

“Never underestimate the pain of a person, because in all honesty, everyone is struggling… some people are better at hiding it than others” – Will Smith

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About the author

Valentina Blanco Ruser

Valentina Blanco Ruser is a multi-Emmy Award winning producer/writer/director with over 17 years of experience in television, radio and digital platforms.

Passionate about Holistic Medicine (UNLESS YOU RATHER SAY "WELLBEING"), throughout her career, Valentina has produced hundreds of Health & Wellness driven specials for daily shows and series for networks like ABC, Lifetime and NBC. She was recently part of the Executive Production team for "Breakthrough Medicine”; a weekly syndicated health & wellness docu-series highlighting cutting edge medical practices at the University of Miami Health System.

She is a graduate from Emerson College, an active Creative Strategist for multinational brands and networks and an advocate for nutrition.
She currently works with world renowned chefs, doctors, authors and specialists that help shed light on these matters. She is also the Creator and Chief Creative Strategist of "Write on Movement", an international positivity movement that helps raise awareness and support to a wide range of causes involving (but not limited to) autism, Alzheimer's, nutrition and education for underprivileged children through the arts and music.