Shaming fat people into losing weight is the only way to solve obesity epidemic...

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Shaming fat people into losing weight is the only way to solve obesity epidemic, leading health academic claims

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

A leading health academic has called for fat people to be 'shamed and beat upon socially' in order to halt the obesity crisis. In a controversial article, Daniel Callahan, the 82-year-old president emeritus of The Hastings Center a New York think-tank specializing in health policy ethics, calls for increased stigmatization of obese people to try spur weight-loss across America.

The senior research scholar says fat people should be treated like smokers who have become increasingly demonized in recent years and thus 'nudged' by negative attitudes of those around them into giving up the unhealthy habit. Experts in eating disorders and obesity dismissed his calls for the 'edgier strategy' as ignorant and damaging to MailOnline today, saying such a perspective advocates the 'playground bullying' of children.

'The obvious target would be the large number of people who are unaware that they are overweight,' he writes in the paper printed in the center's first periodical volume of the year. 'They need, to use an old phrase, a shock of recognition. Only a carefully calibrated effort of public social pressure is likely to awaken them to the reality of their condition. 'They need to be leaned upon, nudged, and—when politically feasible—helped by regulations to understand that they are potentially in trouble. They should not want to be that way, nor should others.' he writes.

Callahan, a former senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School, acknowledges that the causes of obesity are manifold and more needs to be done to encourage healthy eating but says driving up negative public opinion may be the only way to bring the quick results necessary to halt the crisis. 'It is hard to imagine that much progress can occur toward solutions for obesity unless we bring some form of social pressure to bear against it,' he writes.

He goes on to argue stigmatization already takes place in much of public life - using the example of criticism of New Jersey governor Chris Christie's weight when there was talk of him being a possible presidential candidate. He argues it is public health officials who are reluctant to harness this negative public opinion and cause offense when it would help drive down the epidemic. However, health and obesity experts have criticized Callahan's paper branding him ignorant and irresponsible.

Dr Yoni Freedhoff, an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa and an author on obesity, told MailOnline: 'The one thing that’s not lacking in society is the stigmatization of people with obesity. 'If guilt and shame were sufficient to fuel long term weight management, the world would be a very skinny place indeed. Obesity is mulch-factorial and driven by the world in which we live.' Peggy Elam, a Nashville clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorders and a publisher of 'healthy body image' books said Callahan's views were ' horrifying'

'It is mind-boggling and on many levels ignorant of actual research,' she said. 'Smoking is a behavior, fatness is a body condition. 'This kind of bullying has a tremendous impact on peoples lives. We've seen in the past decade or two a rise in the hospitalization of children under 12 with eating disorders. On a humanitarian level it is shocking he is encouraging such bullying.'

Laura Discipio, of the Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, backed up that position: 'Weight is a complex issue that involves many things including genetics,' she said. 'His proposal is just providing ammunition to hurt the self esteem of children on every playground around the country.'

Deb Burgard, of The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance said: 'Callahan is obviously utterly out of touch with the real world. He is also woefully ignorant of the social science research that shows that stigma leads to a higher risk of self-harm, poorer health, and social isolation, for people with, as well as people threatened with, the stigmatized characteristic.

'As a clinician who treats eating disorders across the weight spectrum, I see the fallout from our culture of weight stigma. Callahan admires thin people for successfully winning the war on obesity, but this is like looking at the bank accounts of the rich and imagining they work harder than everyone else.'
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  • Ajackson17Ajackson17 God King Posts: 17,003 ✭✭✭✭✭
    That won't work and it will fail. Cause real folk aint spook by no one.
    Black_SamsonLEMZPOCALYPSE
  • PurrPurr The BBW of your dreams. Lubuit te cognitione cognoscentes. Videre, deinceps vita.Posts: 29,862 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • unspoken_respectunspoken_respect I will go where there's no path and leave behind a trail. Posts: 9,159 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Subway tries this tactic to get people to eat their shitty food.
    Ajackson17deadeyegoldenjaLUClEN
  • Lou_CypherLou_Cypher I'm a nice guy. AlaskaPosts: 29,645 ✭✭✭✭✭
    No better motivation than to break someone down until they are nothing, then build them back up.
    Ajackson17
  • KatKat You just do you..Imma do me :* Posts: 40,145 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Silly.

    What's next? Shaming ugly skinny people into cosmetic surgery?
    Ajackson17blacktuxohhhlapurpngoldMeta_ConsciousMr.BocarioBazz-BxxCivicxx
  • jonojono Right fist = power, left fist = unity Posts: 19,815 ✭✭✭✭✭
    That would produce many "Worldstar" moments
    Meta_Conscious
  • VIBEVIBE The Man, The Myth, The Fommie Posts: 41,839 ✭✭✭✭✭
    This is called "The Biggest Loser".
    Kai
  • Black_SamsonBlack_Samson I drive a fast car... Posts: 49,383 Regulator
    i need to hurry up and get an LLC....

    i can make a killing off this.
    Ajackson17iron man1
  • Ajackson17Ajackson17 God King Posts: 17,003 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Simpin is the only way to defeat obesity.
  • blacktuxblacktux Posts: 3,524 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Silly.

    What's next? Shaming ugly skinny people into cosmetic surgery?

    Except a person being ugly isnt something they can work hard to change, sure you can cover it up but it is what it is.

    A person being fat is a consequence of poor diet and lack of exercise, which honestly the person may be ignorant of.

    I support the notion from the author, we need to stop accomodating fat people and making people feel like that shit is okay. The best lessons are harsh and often learned through shame.
    xxCivicxx
  • KaiKai evil nerd bitch from hell Posts: 21,505 Regulator
    VIBE wrote: »
    This is called "The Biggest Loser".

    that show is so horrible, it's like they said hey lets televise the almost torture of fat people, that'll be great tv lol
    deadeyeVIBECP203SixSickSinsRubato Garcia
  • BoldChildBoldChild Born alone, die alone. Posts: 11,415 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Requiring businesses to provide employees with 30min of free physical activity depending on the nature of the person's job would be more effective.

    Good luck with that though, some of the larger businesses already do it because they realize, in shape employees who are active and happy > out of shape employees who are sitting around all day turning into Jabba.
    Wild Self
  • blacktuxblacktux Posts: 3,524 ✭✭✭✭✭
    ^^^and fat people watch the show more than anyone.

  • DMTxTHCDMTxTHC Posts: 14,218 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I wonder if I was overweight would I disagree..
  • J-GUTTAJ-GUTTA Posts: 8,437 ✭✭✭✭✭
    kai_valya wrote: »
    VIBE wrote: »
    This is called "The Biggest Loser".

    that show is so horrible, it's like they said hey lets televise the almost torture of fat people, that'll be great tv lol

    Is this a kindler gentler Kai for 2013.....2012 Kai would not approve.
    Kai1of1idoitforhiphop10
  • 1of11of1 Posts: 37,468 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Fats are the majority




    Impractical idea
    Ajackson17
  • KaiKai evil nerd bitch from hell Posts: 21,505 Regulator
    J-GUTTA wrote: »
    kai_valya wrote: »
    VIBE wrote: »
    This is called "The Biggest Loser".

    that show is so horrible, it's like they said hey lets televise the almost torture of fat people, that'll be great tv lol

    Is this a kindler gentler Kai for 2013.....2012 Kai would not approve.

    i'm trying lol, most people's resolutions are to lose weight, mine is to stop teasing those who can't lose weight

    and hassan is hard enough on the fatties for all of us

    J-GUTTAVIBEAjackson17
  • KatKat You just do you..Imma do me :* Posts: 40,145 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Silly.

    What's next? Shaming ugly skinny people into cosmetic surgery?

    Except a person being ugly isnt something they can work hard to change, sure you can cover it up but it is what it is.

    A person being fat is a consequence of poor diet and lack of exercise, which honestly the person may be ignorant of.

    I support the notion from the author, we need to stop accomodating fat people and making people feel like that shit is okay. The best lessons are harsh and often learned through shame.

    "A person being fat is a consequence of poor diet and lack of exercise, which honestly the person may be ignorant of."

    And shaming people is the answer to this ignorance?

    You have no idea WHY every fat person is fat. Yes the easy answer is they're lazy and eat too much, but there are so many other aspects to keep in consideration.

    Don't be an idiot.

    Ever met someone that couldn't gain weight for shit? Well sometimes it's just as hard for some to LOSE weight.





    LUClEN
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