Eating Disorders

Fat Shaming vs Thin Shaming

January 14, 2015

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A Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) with a master's degree in dietetics & nutrition. My passion is helping you find peace with food - and within yourself.

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Both are forms of shaming, and both are based in fear.  Fear of rejection, inadequacy, "otherness", etc. 

Examples of fat shaming:

  • Judging a person's character based on their weight/shape (e.g. lazy, gluttonous, jolly)
  • Making comments that a person is "overweight" and thus needs to fix themselves by losing weight (over WHAT weight? I've blogged about this in the past and probably will again in a person)
  • Bashing your own body's size/shape by saying things like "My thighs are so huge." 
  • Blaming a person for their health problems and blaming it on their weight

Examples of thin shaming:

  • Saying "She doesn't understand me because she's thin."
  • Assuming that a person is happy because s/he is thin.
  • Making statements like "I wish I had an eating disorder so I could be thin." (This is simultaneously thin and fat shaming.)

Instead of judging and shaming start embracing and appreciating your body and the wonderful things it does for you.

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