Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Some researchers are North Carolina State set out to quantify this phenomenon. Their particular target was the "lean stigma."
The lean stigma is often exhibited by snarky remarks about how many people gain back lost weight or how wimpy it is to try to eat healthily.
They talked to 40 people who reported being overweight but now considered themselves "thin." This was 21 women, 19 men, and they had lost an average of 76 pounds.
All 40 had people in their lives who tried to belittle them or undermine their efforts.,
How would the dieter cope? Communications strategies were suggested,
Help the belittlers save face and not feel uncomfortable. The dieter can, for example, talk about their intentions and rationale. They could also eat smaller portions of unhealthy foods in front of family, accept an unhealthy food but not eat it, or save a "cheat day" for outings with friends.
Dieters should stress that they want more energy or to feel more healthy or to pursue a sport.
Saboteurs say things like:
--Come on, one bite won't kill you.
--Almost everyone gains the weight back--and more.
--You looked fine before (trying to be nice, but discounting the effort).
--You don't want to get too thin at your age.
--You may think this is healthy, but you are not eating enough.
--If you eat too little, the body thinks you are starving and piles the weight on.
--Can you afford surgery for the extra skin?
--I hope this does not mean you want ME to diet.
If you find yourself saying such things--don't.