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Monday, January 30, 2017

Obesity: Self-stigma may raise risk of metabolic syndrome

Study leader Rebecca Pearl, Ph.D. - an assistant professor of psychology at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine - and team recently reported their findings in the journal Obesity.Whether it is using the comment section of a celebrity news website or a post on Facebook, it seems that many people are willing to express their (often negative) opinions on someone else's weight.Research has shown that this practice of "body shaming" is fueled by negative stereotyping of people who are overweight or obese - for example, that they are lazy or are to blame for their weight.Pearl notes that there is a widespread perception that body shaming can help encourage people who are obese to improve their lifestyle and lose weight. The new study, however, shows that this is not the case - it can actually have serious consequences for health.

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