Stigma is the price of obesity

May 29, 2015

In simple terms, obesity is the fact that more energy measured by kilojoules or calories from food and drinks being consumed relative to what is being burned up through being physically active during play and exercise. According to British Medical Journal definition, the additional energy is stored as fat.There are significant increasing rates of overweight and obesity among adults and children globally. According to multiple studies, obese children have a 30 to 60% chance of becoming obese adults and this chance increases with an increasing degree of overweight and the later into adolescence the excess body weight is carried. It is also increased if one or both parents are overweight or obese.Among the weight related health problems in children include fatty liver, snoring and sleep apnoea, type 2 diabetes,stigmatization, low self-esteem, behavior problems among others. A healthy living expert I spoke with few days ago informed me that obesity can cause social, physical and emotional health problems both in childhood and adolescence. However, the biggest challenge facing obese people is stigma that sadly exists within workplaces, cultural settings and is often cited as having a negative impact on individuals’ health, social behaviors and outcomes.Indeed we are in a panic state as noted by Stanley and Vincent in their book.

There are different types of obesity stigma encountered by obese people in their daily lives.From a man point of view, very few men date or appreciate obese women and thats largely because as blokes, our perception of thinness as a health and social ideal is integrated in our encephalon.When Contador Harrison sees likes of Aussie’s heartthrob Jessica Mauboy, Cheryl Fernandez, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Catherine Zetta Jones, Katherine Jenkins among many other fit like a fiddle female celebrities I recognize them with gratitude and treasure them.And for those who want the world to believe that admiring other men women is immoral, go hang yourself.Whether single like me or married,men have a right of appreciating a looker,ravisher,stunner,knockout,hottie and peach of this world.Slimness is a key ingredient in qualities that gives pleasure to the senses and that places pressure on the health and social wellbeing of obese adults some of whom were just reckless with their eating habits.What overweight people cannot escape is the fact that their situation is associated with individuals depicted as slothful, cruddy,crapulent, unmotivated, augean and unhealthy.There is hardcore evidence that constantly reinforces a link between obesity and a range of medical, economic and social costs for obese people and is what i’d like to depict as ‘price of obesity.’

I belong to the school of thought that physical visibility of the avoirdupois body automatically translates to instant negative public stare which to the victims of fatness is inescapable and only way out of it is working hard to exit the class of the obese.According to the healthy living expert himself an overnight bloke, three types of weight-based stigma directed towards obese children and adults. The common one is environment where we’ve seen in trains, buses and even airplanes where some passengers size makes it impossible to fit into seats. Another one is direct stigma where overweight people are abused when using public transport or facilities while Indirect stigmatization where I’ve seen people staring at the contents of obese people their shopping trolley.Subtle forms of stigma are said to have the most impact on obese people wellbeing.I know too well an obese adult who always avoid situations where she perceives she would be stigmatized and has for several years now been constantly seeking solutions about how she could find a solution to her obesity.Obese people face many different types of stigma which impact differently on health and social opportunities and can lead to emotional distress, social isolation, and withdrawal from daily activities.

Truth be told, the obese are increasingly figures of unflattering stereotyping in modern society.Heavy women, in particular, in these image-focused times, are the object of derision and the butt of the joke and if you doubt me think of British Pop singer Adele who was ridiculed online because of her weight even by her male fans. Despite the enormous work of several groups to show that being big does not have to mean feeling small, the attitude towards fatness is not likely to change anytime soon.The alarming rates of obesity brought widespread attention to social and personal obstacles that overweight and obese individuals face. Its now a reality among those with the problem frequent experiences to encounter stigma,bias and outright discrimination due to weight and are suffering from serious consequences for their personal and social well being and emotional health. Given that sizable number population is overweight, the number of those potentially facing with discrimination and stigmatization is huge.The purpose of my post was to support and enlighten people on healthy living that has more benefits compared to overweight. Most people have similar problems but sharing it makes it easier, the solution is out there.

Contador Harrison