Is Cancer Research UK guilty of fat shaming?

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A social media storm has broken out over the latest Cancer Research UK obesity campaign. What do you think? Is this fat shaming?

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5th March 2018 by Alex Turnbull 2 Comments

Is Cancer Research UK guilty of fat shaming?

Poll results (total votes: 157)

Is Cancer Research UK guilty of fat shaming?
Answer:
Yes
Votes:
23
Ratio:
14.65%
Answer:
No
Votes:
134
Ratio:
85.35%

7th March 2018 by Gordon

What exactly does the scientific evidence tell us? Does it say that obese people are more likely to develop various cancers? Correleation not causative. Does it say that being obese is the cause itself of cancers? If so which, and what is the mechanism? Does it consider which aspects of becoming obese might be the causative link e.g. some types of fats, or sugars, or additives? This is such a bland and pointless discussion without real information. Can someone please give me a link to the peer reviewed published work?

4th April 2018 by Andrea Winters

How do we know that it is specifically being obese that directly causes cancer? It may be that people who are obese are the ones most likely to be eating a diet high in processed foods, yet those with who have similar diets, but happen to have faster metabolisms, are at just as great a risk of developing cancer. We all know that the obsession in contemporary Western society with having the perfect appearance, has given rise to body image and eating disorders, and an increased uptake of potentially harmful or permanently scarring plastic surgery. This campaign will help to perpetuate rather than address the assumptions that lead to these problems by providing a scientifically backed justification for fat hatred. The focus should instead be on the content of our diets and the harmful effects of unhealthy eating, rather than a simplistic shaming of the superficial result of a bad diet. I say this as one of those 'lucky' women who get away with eating a great deal of rubbish without gaining significant weight.