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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