Could all of these public health campaigns that are raising awareness about obesity be backfiring? New research suggests that people who realize they’re overweight or obese are actually more likely to overeat. The reason? People who believe that they’re part of the nation’s ‘weight problem’ likely feel stigmatized, which increases their anxiety and leads to stress-eating, says one researcher. Given the trickiness of the situation, it may require a more delicate solution than merely calling attention to the problem. For instance, one potential strategy could be to have health professionals focus more on healthy eating and lifestyle behaviors with their patients rather than fixate on weight and body mass index numbers. When people can focus on a solution-oriented ‘plan of attack’ rather than the problem, it could have a more positive psychological impact. What are some of your suggestions for putting a more encouraging spin on these obesity-awareness campaigns? Share them with us in the comments!
The Overweight Can't Catch a Break; Obesity Awareness May Be Counter Productive
February 23, 2018