Fat acceptance advocates everywhere will disagree, but fat shaming someone into losing the love handles really works, just ask Andrew Torba. The CEO of Gab stated in one of his posts that he’s grateful for his haters; without them, he would have remained at an unhealthy weight and likely been the butt of all his troll’s jokes.
“Lost 17 pounds so far this quarter eating like a Carnivore. Thanks to the Gabbers who fat shamed me a few months back after an interview, it worked!”
Megyn Kelly is another example of why fat shaming actually helps us lose weight rather than discourages us. On a controversial segment where she interviewed fitness blogger Maria Kang, Kelly stated, “Some of us want to be shamed!” She explained that during her days in law school, she insisted that her stepfather fat shame her. After gaining a few pounds, she told her stepfather to help her lose weight by calling her out every time she’d wander off to the kitchen. “If you see me going into that kitchen one more time, you say, ‘Where you going, fat ass?'” And obviously, this worked, Megyn Kelly is almost 50 years old, and she’s healthier looking and more fit than a lot of 20 somethings in America today.
There’s also a science behind fat shaming; Today produced a column on the topic and took a deeper look at why public humiliation could help someone shed the pounds.
Daniel Callahan, a senior research scholar and president emeritus of The Hastings Center, put out a new paper this week calling for a renewed emphasis on social pressure against heavy people — what some may call fat-shaming — including public posters that would pose questions like this: “If you are overweight or obese, are you pleased with the way that you look?”
Callahan is said to be a former smoker who felt pressured to quit after being shunned or told to go outside because of his “nasty habit.” He argues that the same techniques can be effectively applied to obese people.
“The force of being shamed and beat upon socially was as persuasive for me to stop smoking as the threats to my health,” he wrote. “The campaign to stigmatize smoking was a great success turning what had been considered simply a bad habit into reprehensible behavior. That same pressure could be applied to overweight people, perhaps leading to increased efforts by people to eat right, exercise — and actually succeed in losing weight.”
It makes sense; most people tend to confirm when put under social pressures. If one woman who is obese has three friends who are fit, healthy and go to the gym together, the one who is obese may feel embarrassed when standing next to her hard-working companions. She may even feel as though she’s losing out on time with her friends by not participating in the things they’re interested in. Therefore, she will start to wake up at the same time as them, go to the same gym as them, and eventually enjoy doing the same things as they do on a daily basis.
On the other hand, if in a social setting, the fat one get’s teased, shunned, or scoffed at, that person will quickly feel pressured to lose the weight in order to end the mockery. As they begin to get healthier and see results, the goal will no longer be to end the teasing but to instead better their quality of life.
Despite the fat advocates who insist that “fat is beautiful and healthy” most of society doesn’t think that way, and for a good reason; obesity leads to cancer, high blood pressure, and other health issues that could have been prevented had the patient taken care of their body. Next time your friend is telling you they want to lose wight, take them seriously. Tell them how fat they are, they’ll thank you for it later.