Apparently it’s not enough that when overweight people lose weight, they still have “fat person complexes,” similar to what celebrities like Kelly Osbourne struggle with. No, people who are overweight are still considered huge by many of society says a study, even after they shed the pounds!
A new study done at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, The University of Manchester, and Monash University, examined whether anti-fat prejudice against women persisted even after significant weight loss. The members were asked to read vignettes about women who had either lost a significant amount of weight, or kept their weight stable.
The study found that there was a greater bias towards obese people after “reading about women who had lost weight than after reading about women who had remained weight stable, regardless of whether the weight-stable woman was thin or obese.”
Co-author Karen O’Brien, expressed her concern for women struggling with weight loss.
“Weight status actually appears rather uncontrollable, regardless of one’s willpower, knowledge, and dedication. Yet many people who are perceived as ‘fat’ are struggling in vain to lose weight in order to escape this painful social stigma. We need to rethink our approaches to, and views of, weight and obesity.”
This problem is a universal one. Kelly Osbournce, In April’s US Magazine, dubbed herself a “FFP” — short for former fat person. One who constantly battles with herself over her self-image, regardless of dropping so much weight.
“I call myself a FFP: former fat person,” Osbourne shares. “And when you’re an FFP, you will always see in yourself what people used to bully you for.”