Fat shaming drives up risk of heart disease, study warns

Body shaming drives up an obese person’s risk of developing heart disease, a new study claims. 

The research published in the journal Obesity found the stress of cyber-bullying takes a potentially fatal toll on the health of overweight people. 

Experts warn too many of us believe taunting will motivate people to slim down. 

But they insist obesity – a disease – is far more psychologically complex than simply overeating, and stigma will only have a detrimental affect. 

‘There is a common misconception that stigma might help motivate individuals with obesity to lose weight and improve their health,’ lead author Dr Rebecca Pearl, from the University of Pennsylvania, said. ‘We are finding it has quite the opposite effect.’

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