Last week, actress Amber Riley took to her instagram to address those who felt the need to shame her because of her size. This is despite the fact that Riley is completely comfortable with her body. However, some critics have sought to continue to shame her for her size.
A little over a week ago, a high school graduate shared the good news of his impending college enrollment to Xavier University on a full ride scholarship as well as accumulating over $315,000 in scholarships.
While his post gained 78,000 likes and 31,000 retweets, one twitter user sought to focus on the young teen’s weight by suggesting he “get in shape” to further enjoy his success.
The twitter user was adamant in his belief that what he was doing was in the best interest of the grad’s health.
In a 2012 survey published in the European Heart Journal, researchers determined that being overweight doesn’t make you unhealthy. Participants in the study who were classified as overweight and obese were deemed no more at risk for cancer or heart disease as long as they were metabolically fit.
Furthermore, if you’re genuinely concerned for someone’s health in regards to their weight, research shows that fat shaming only further induces stress and affected individuals are more likely to remain or become obese as a result.
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