We Need To ‘End Weight Stigma’ To Avoid Weight Discrimination And Prejudiced Attitudes Around Obesity


October 11th is observed as World Obesity Day every year to spread awareness about the perils of weight gain and tackle this fast-growing epidemic globally. The significance of this day has grown monumentally given the current situation obesity worldwide and in countries, such as India.   

Obesity has more than doubled since 1980. In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 600 million were obese.

Easy access to high-calorie packaged foods, sedentary lifestyles and a predilection for gizmos have resulted in almost 70% Indians in mega-cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore or Chennai being overweight or obese, according to a previous study

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While there is obvious need for a change in our lifestyles, what’s equally or more important is to first ‘end weight stigma’, which also happens to be the theme of the World Obesity Federation this year. 

Discrimination someone based on someone’s weight, also known as weight bias, leads to them being ostracised and discriminated through derogatory comments based on negative attitude towards weight gain. 

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Also, people who’ve crossed the BMI threshold into the overweight or obese category shouldn’t be treated like they now have a disease of some sorts. People need to learn how to respect sizes and shapes of all kinds because no one has the authority to discriminate or judge people based on their own biases. 

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These incidents such as these are indicative of the fact that, things have being changing globally when it comes to fat shaming.

Sports illustrated first cover with a plus size model on it

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In a historic move, Sports Illustrated magazine has put a plus size model on their swimsuit edition’s cover, for the first time ever! Plus-size model Ashley Graham will appear on one of three Sports Illustrated Swimsuit covers. Graham, a 28-year-old body positive activist from Nebraska, USA will be featured on this year’s swimsuit issue.

“I thought Sports Illustrated was taking a risk by putting a girl my size in the pages. But putting me on the cover? They aren’t just breaking barriers. They are the standard now. This is beyond epic,” Ashley Graham. 

Elle India magazine redefined all norm societally accepted beauty by conducting a photoshoot with plus-sized models 

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For their February 2016 issue, Elle India broke the stereotype and photographed plus sized women instead of the usual size zero models. They shoot turned out so well that it clearly indicated that beauty and persona goes way beyond having a skinny frame.

“My mom used to buy me clothes that covered my butt, but I never understood why I had to hide it. I like the way it looks — it’s well rounded,” Kritika Gill. 

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Loving your body just the way it is

Molly Galbraith, a 31-year-old fitness trainer, woke up on 1st January 2016 and decided that for the first time in many years, she wasn’t going to make a New Year’s resolution that involved changing her body. Her Facebook post announcing her decision went viral, and what Molly found the most surprising was that it was national news that a woman loved her body!

“It’s impossible and exhausting, and every time we achieve a level of beauty we believe we will be happy with, we are presented with a new set of rules and standards to live up to. The solution isn’t ‘not valuing beauty’ but rather, expanding its definition to include us,” Molly Galbraith. 

Such incidents where people used social media to normalise discriminatory situation

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Mona Joshi, a resident of Mumbai, went to a designer store in the hopes of buying an outfit for the upcoming wedding season. She saw one that she liked, but couldn’t find it in her size. When she asked the salesperson if the store had any garments available in her size, his reply was “Of course not.”

Upset, she asked “Then what are women my size supposed to do?”

His reply? “Go to the gym!”

Mona left the store immediately, but her friend posted the incident on social media, where she gained considerable support and fought back against the people who discriminated against her weight. 

The advertisement that encourages plus size women to do whatever they want to

By showcasing how plus size women can do whatever they want, even yoga, this ad encourages women to break out of the stereotypes they are allotted, and do whatever makes them happy.

Use these simple, yet highly effective tweaks in your lifestyle to better the way you look and feel about yourself, without hitting the gym or following an impractical diet and lifestyle hacks that will only make you unhappy. 

#1. Sleep earlier or at least at a scheduled time

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Studies have shown that sleep deprivation results in more hunger pangs and cravings has it directly increases your hunger hormone, called ghrelin and decreases your satiety hormone, called leptin. Building a sleeping schedule can also help you construct an eating schedule around it. Both these habits together can be the biggest factor when it comes to controlling or losing weight. 

#2. Take a 30-minute sauna bath because it is as good as a moderate intensity workout

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A recent study revealed that just 30 minutes of taking a sauna can reduce blood pressure and increase body temperatures to levels similar to medium-intensity exercise,claims a study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension. Sauna bathing, increases your heart rate, similarly to medium-intensity exercise, to approximately 2°C. Previous research indicates sauna bathing is associated with a reduced risk of coronary diseases and sudden cardiac death, hypertension and Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

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#3. Learn when to snack; skip snacking in the morning

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Eating healthy snacks is one thing but knowing when to snack is equally important. Snacking in the morning, for instance, can increase your cravings later on and push you into eating more through the day, compared to snacking in the afternoon. A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that people who snacked in the afternoon instead of the morning, lost up to 6.5 pounds more. 

#4. Switch to black coffee, it’ll spare you the calories and save you money

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A cup of coffee that should ideally contain a calorie count in single digits, ends up shooting up to 69 calories, which more than a 1,000 percent increase of what coffee should be, claims the journal Public Health (thanks to all the sugar, flavoured syrups and other additives). Having it black can save you nearly 500 calories a week. Having it black can save you nearly 500 calories a week and a lot of money over the months/years if you’re a regular coffee drinker at outlets like Starbucks. 

#5. Cook for yourself and your significant other to burn calories before you consume them

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Cooking encourages healthy eating habits by itself; the effort you put in kitchen rubs off outside it when trying to stick to eating healthy. What’s more? The process of standing and cooking, which involves cutting, grinding, moving yourself and things around ends up with you burning more than 100 calories with ease.

#6. Stand at your workstation instead to double the calories you burn through the day

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Standing workstation or even standing and working may not be new trend, but we still have a long way to go to make this a cultural mandate at our workplaces. Standing at your workstation can help you end up burning 22 calories or more per half an hour than you would if you were sitting. Walk around every hour or so and you end up burning even more (up to 200 calories or more if you do it religiously).

#7. Fidget as much as you can through the day, even when you’re seated

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This type of advice may come as a surprise to most, but fidgeting, even while you sit on your butt the whole day can counteract the diseases that prolonged sitting can cause. Fidgeting alone can burn up to 350 calories, states the American Council on Exercise. That’s almost as much or more than you would burn performing a 30-minute steady state workout.

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#8. Have a breakfast high in protein, with eggs in them if you can

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Not only does eating a filling breakfast help keep your energy levels up and burn calories all day, adding a good chunk of protein to keeps you fuller for longer and eat less later on during the day. For instance, a study by the journal Nutrition found that people who consumed eggs consumed fewer calories through the day, ended up losing 65 percent more weight, had a 34 percent reduction in their waistline and a 16 percent reduction in body fat percentage in just eight weeks! 

#9. Carry water everywhere you go and hydrate yourself before your meals, to avoid overeating

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60 percent of the time we confuse our feeling of thirst with hunger, claim several studies, including one published in the journal Physiology & Behaviour revealed. That’s because the same part of the brain controls both our thirst and hunger. Additionally, having around a half a litre of water 30-minutes before meals can help you lose up to 5 kilos in 12 weeks, as it helps your brain distinguish between hunger and thirst.

#10. If you can’t do without the booze, stick to wine to reap the benefits

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The average adult drinks alcohol worth approximately 100 calories on a daily basis, states a study conducted by the CDC concluded that. Switching to wine instead can ward you from consuming sugary and calorie filled options, like beer or cocktails. Besides, red wine contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that benefits your hearth health and prevents your blood vessels from getting damages and keeps your cholesterol in check.

#11. Wear casual clothing to your workplace, if the dress code allows it to remain more active through the day

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It’s true, wearing casual clothing as opposed to a formal attire to work can by itself increase your physical activity through the day, states the American council on exercise. A study conducted by them revealed that people in a casual attire can end up taking around 491 steps and burn up to 25 calories more during the day. In fact, they claimed that keeping it casual for just one day during the week can result in burning 6,250 calories over the year!





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