Fat-shaming may curb obesity, bioethicist says
Today.com: Unhappy with the slow pace of public health efforts to curb America’s stubborn obesity epidemic, a prominent bioethicist is proposing a new push for what he says is an ‘edgier strategy’ to promote weight loss: ginning up social stigma.

Daniel Callahan, a senior research scholar and president emeritus of The Hastings Center, put out a new paper this week calling for a renewed emphasis on social pressure against heavy people — what some may call fat-shaming — including public posters that would pose questions like this:

'If you are overweight or obese, are you pleased with the way that you look?'

Photo: File photo of an obese man (Jim Pozarik / Getty Images file)

Fat-shaming may curb obesity, bioethicist says

Today.com: Unhappy with the slow pace of public health efforts to curb America’s stubborn obesity epidemic, a prominent bioethicist is proposing a new push for what he says is an ‘edgier strategy’ to promote weight loss: ginning up social stigma.

Daniel Callahan, a senior research scholar and president emeritus of The Hastings Center, put out a new paper this week calling for a renewed emphasis on social pressure against heavy people — what some may call fat-shaming — including public posters that would pose questions like this:

'If you are overweight or obese, are you pleased with the way that you look?'

Photo: File photo of an obese man (Jim Pozarik / Getty Images file)

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  1. taylorocity reblogged this from serpentswhore and added:
    Wrong.
  2. serpentswhore reblogged this from jealousisthenight and added:
    what the actual fuck
  3. tiffanyannelise reblogged this from blaarrgh and added:
    I cannot believe that people actually think this is okay. What is happening to our society when they think that shaming...
  4. ankhs-and-angst reblogged this from nigerianscams and added:
    I hate that people like him exist in the science community. But to be a bioethicist and say something like this. Isn’t...
  5. babbynugget reblogged this from nigerianscams and added:
    What the fucking fuck?
  6. lilmsthinthighs reblogged this from breakingnews and added:
    Wow…thoughts? I mean, this is essentially what they do in a lot of other societies already, and you find lots of skinny...
  7. hemorhage reblogged this from breakingnews
  8. mwestmage reblogged this from havenforthewarped and added:
    I’ll be damned if I ever make someone feel bad about their weight, but anytime one of my friends complains about their...
  9. havenforthewarped reblogged this from thewonderchef and added:
    Fuck anyone who is okay with the idea of fat shaming.
  10. shmannah reblogged this from blaarrgh and added:
    Yeah, encouraging people to hate themselves is really going to improve society. Good thinking, bro.
  11. thesynapticfire reblogged this from breakingnews and added:
    Yeah, if you want the suicide rate to go up. There is enough social pressure about this. Like every marketing picture...
  12. janethefox reblogged this from breakingnews and added:
    what the actual fuck
  13. thepandabaker reblogged this from breakingnews and added:
    Wow. This won’t have any negative effects.
  14. takchik reblogged this from breakingnews
  15. jinimy reblogged this from ginainseoul and added:
    Fat Shaming is more likely to mentally scar a child or cause thoughts or acts of self violence and possibly suicide,...
  16. sweetandlovelygirl7 reblogged this from lesfuseaux and added:
    ugh wut even
  17. lesfuseaux reblogged this from breakingnews and added:
    how about no?
  18. minjung reblogged this from breakingnews
  19. mikesboxofawesome reblogged this from breakingnews and added:
    The comments on the original link are a bunch of fatties bitching and moaning about how unacceptable this is. I’m a land...
  20. 2minichinz reblogged this from breakingnews and added:
    wow — this is a senior research scholar? Well, what’s the second step? beating us up? burning our homes? restricting our...
  21. oohsarracuda reblogged this from victorianaaa and added:
    Scientists are supposed to do their best to leave their biases aside. This evil fucking bigot is doing it wrong.
  22. victorianaaa reblogged this from kissingunderspiderwebs and added:
    JFC
  23. avocadokitten reblogged this from breakingnews
  24. mosebysprndl reblogged this from spiritinthenight
  25. queerthyri reblogged this from spiritinthenight
  26. mezzomatic reblogged this from breakingnews and added:
    What. The. Fuck.
  27. spiritinthenight reblogged this from breakingnews and added:
    Oh, that’s real fucking nice. Make people feel like shit about themselves and fuck with their psychological well-being...
  28. awkwardinnocent reblogged this from breakingnews and added:
    What the actual fuck. How is this even remotely okay?
  29. buttchinsunite reblogged this from breakingnews
  30. captainlanguagemagician reblogged this from breakingnews and added:
    Okay, not only will this not work, it’s groping at the problem with exactly the wrong intent; “constructive criticism”...
  31. theobliss reblogged this from breakingnews and added:
    Go fuck yourself Daniel Callahan.
  32. devc97 reblogged this from breakingnews and added:
    ::shakes head:: yea, shaming us - that should do the trick. That’s what we’ve been missing all along, we’ve not been...
  33. syllogasm reblogged this from breakingnews and added:
    have you ever encountered a professional suggestion so terrible that you just spent a whole minute laughing?
  34. mathewkearney reblogged this from theprodigalbum and added:
    Fuck this shit. Social pressure/stigma and unjust inequality as a medical prescription? Shove it up your bigoted arse,...
  35. scarletcoffee reblogged this from douglasplease and added:
    As someone who’s own mother once said to me, “Do you like looking like that?” I can tell you that this will not work....