From Harvard Public Health: Weight stigma, or prejudice toward people of size, can have a significant impact on both mental and physical health. On the other hand, research suggests that body positivity can be a protective factor against depression and disordered eating.
“Kriete describes weight stigma as a toxic exposure, like air pollution. The more you breathe it in, the more it puts your physical and emotional health at risk—from depression to hormonal changes that can lead to long-term physical damage. It can come from a nasty comment on the street, a blunt physician, or a family member practicing ‘tough love.’ And there’s mounting evidence showing that it’s not just cruel, it’s also counterproductive.”