We are hearing a lot about body positivity these days, and loving the body you’re in, but the truth is, no matter how much you may love your body, there’s a good chance others will let you know how they feel as well, and it’s usually not good. A new survey by Weight Watchers finds:
- 51% of Americans say they have been body shamed because of their weight.
- The most likely people to be doing the body shaming include:
- A friend (51%)
- Partner or spouse (46%)
- Family member (45%)
- Doctor (40%)
- And body shaming is not helping anybody.
- 65% of people say body shaming makes them feel as if they have no willpower.
- Another 55% say it makes them feel like it’s their fault.
- And 52% are made to feel lazy.
- All of this has made 65% of people willing to try anything, even restrictive diets, to lose weight.
- As for why most people want to lose weight, 69% of people say it’s to lower the risk of health issues associated with extra weight.
- Other reasons include:
- Self-esteem and confidence (65%)
- Looking and feeling their best (62%)
Of course, there are bound to be set backs on any weight loss journey, and a lot of people are not kind to themselves when that happens.
- 65% of people expect to encounter a set back when trying lose weight.
- When that happens, 75% say they feel like giving up.
- Top reasons people lose focus on their diet include:
- Too much happening in their life (55%)
- A diet being too restrictive (53%)
- Not having a community or support system (41%)
Source: Study Finds