Fat-shaming may curb obesity, bioethicist says

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Fat-shaming may curb obesity, bioethicist says
Thu, 01-24-2013 - 4:04pm

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-shamin.

Callahan’s theory has drawn criticism, not only from obesity specialists, but also from other bioethicists. There’s already plenty of stigma heaped on the obese, said Art Caplan, the head of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center, and an NBC News contributor.

Instead of shaming people, social efforts should focus on forcing food manufacturers and marketers to stop creating what’s been termed an “obesogenic environment.”

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Do you think people should be shamed for being overweight?

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Tue, 01-29-2013 - 2:18pm

I don't think anyone should be shamed into anything. It's mean spirited and it's bullying, plain and simple. It might be effective, but that doesn't mean it's right, or ethical. People have a hard enough time feeling good about themselves. Making them feel ashamed is only going to make them feel worse. It would probably make me want to go and hide rather than encourage me to do better.