How Weight Stigma Hurts

By Marsha Hudnall on 07/27/2011
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Over the next few months, the Binge Eating Disorder Association is spearheading a blog carnival designed to bring attention to the issue of weight stigma.  It’s a lead-up to National Weight Stigma Awareness Week, which I blogged about last week.

The focus of today’s carnival is the question, “What does weight stigma mean to you?”  I asked a few women at Green Mountain right now for their thoughts…and feelings.  Here’s what they said:

Weight stigma makes feel defeated.  “No matter what I do, I can’t be the “ideal” size.”

I get angry.  “I am mad at the world for making me feel bad about myself.”

I feel rejected and insecure because of weight stigma.  “People judge me because I’m larger.”

I don’t get the respect I deserve because of weight stigma. “For instance, when I am job hunting, I am subject to preconceived notions because of my size.  I’m not evaluated as much on my skills as on my looks.”

I lack self esteem.  “I feel like I’m not good enough because I am larger than my friends.”

Our psychologist Darla sums it up. “Weight stigma is soul crushing. Judgment based on size crumples the tender, budding esteem for which we are desperately searching. Deciding that we are not okay because of our size interrupts our ability to engage in living and we become more isolated and thus more vulnerable to depression, anxiety and feeling like we are okay in our own skin. Weight stigma scars, damages sense of Self, and invites self-loathing.”

What does weight stigma mean to you?

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