Classic Episode: The Body Shaming Epidemic


Weight bias, also known as fat-shaming, has serious real-world impacts on overweight and obese women. Now, thin women are making their voices heard about so-called "skinny shaming" as well. Cristen and Caroline discuss the harmful spectrum of body shaming and what women can do to stop it.

Episode sources:

"Emma Woolf on The View From London: Stop the Skinny-Shaming!" by Emma Wo0lf. Aug. 19, 2013. The Daily Beast. http://www.thedailybeast.com/witw/articles/2013/08/19/emma-woolf-on-the-view-from-london-why-is-skinny-shaming-ok-when-fat-shaming-is-not.html

"Is the 'fat acceptance' movement losing?" by Daniel D'Addario. June 25, 2013. Salon. http://www.salon.com/2013/06/25/is_the_fat_acceptance_movement_losing/

""Now my 'old self' is thin": Stigma Exists After Weight Loss" by Ellen M. Granberg. March 2011. Social Psychology Quarterly. http://spq.sagepub.com/content/74/1/29.abstract

"Real Women Have Curves, and Don't Have Curves, and Have a Few Curves, and Whatever" by Golda Poretsky. May 31, 2011. Body Love Wellness. http://www.bodylovewellness.com/2011/05/31/real-women-have-curves-and-dont-have-curves-and-have-a-few-curves-and-whatever/

"The Fat Acceptance Movement" by Dan Fletcher. July 31, 2009. TIME. http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1913858,00.html

"The ironic effect of weight stigma" by Brenda Major et al. March 2014. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022103113002047

"The Marilyn Meme" by Heather Cromarty. Dec. 15, 2011. Shameless. http://shamelessmag.com/blog/entry/the-marilyn-meme/

"The Stigma of Obesity: A Review and Update" by Rebecca M. Puhl and Chelsea A. Heuer. 2009. Obesity. http://www.yaleruddcenter.org/resources/upload/docs/what/bias/WeightBiasStudy.pdf

"The Truth About Fat Women and Self-Control" by Luke Yoquinto. Jan. 30, 2012. LiveScience. http://www.livescience.com/18181-fat-women-control-stigma.html

"Weight Bias: A Social Justice Issue" by Roberta R. Friedman and Rebecca M. Puhl. 2012. Yale Rudd Center. http://www.yaleruddcenter.org/resources/upload/docs/what/reports/Rudd_Policy_Brief_Weight_Bias.pdf

"When Did This Become Hotter Than This." Know Your Meme. http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/when-did-this-become-hotter-than-this

Topics in this Podcast: weight, best of 2014 body image, fat shaming, body image