at shaming – we’ve all experienced it at some point or another. When I was younger, my relatives would poke my belly and laugh as it jiggled. They meant it as a joke, but the underlying message was always the same – you need to lose weight.
Fat is one of America’s biggest taboos, and women bear the brunt of the censure. Ask any woman around you and they’ll relate stories of being bullied or teased for their weight, even by loved ones.
People tend to think that fat is something lazy people wish upon themselves, that people with low self control slurp bon-bons until they gorge themselves into an obese stupor. The irony is – this is as far from the truth as possible.
Most overweight and obese people try to lose weight, and in fact, many eat way less than their more svelte counterparts. The problem is, human biology works against them. As a recent Quartz article explains – “diets do not work.”
For people who are not naturally thin, not only do their diets work against them, they make them more prone to gain weight. As Quartz explains, “dieting disrupts cognition, especially executive function, which is the process that helps with self-control. So dieters have less willpower right when they need more willpower.”