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New Study Finds Celebrity Fat-Shaming Harmful to Overall Population’s Body Image

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A newly published study from McGill University has found that celebrity fat shaming has a significant impact on the wider population’s view of weight. The study suggests that instances where a celebrity has been the subject of fat-shaming in the media, have far-reaching impact and negatively affect the way that women in the wider population view their own bodies, causing an increase in negative implicit bias against certain body types.

Renison’s own Associate Professor Christine Logel, an expert on weight stigma and body image, provided insight to Global News on the subject. According to Logel, personal body image is affected by more than what we hear about our own bodies:

“We pay attention not only to what people say directly to us about our bodies but what people are saying to each other and to other people. So when we see people who are already so close to this very narrow ideal… being exposed to criticism and shaming, we think, ‘what does that leave us?'”

Read more about the study at Global News 

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