Speaking Frankly – Fat Shaming

Publisher: CBS News
Featured Council Member: David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM
One of the interviewees walks down a park street in a pretty pink dress on a sunny day.
Obesity on its own contributes to hundreds of thousands of premature deaths in the United States every year. If we factor in its contributions to all the major chronic diseases, the number is staggering. On the other side of the coin we see stigma and discrimination experienced by both children and adults with higher body weights and larger body sizes. This film examines the juxtaposition of “body shaming;” its effects on people; and obesity as the leading predictor of health outcomes in the modern age.