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
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