Anthropology / Everything Human

The World Hates Fat People
  • Reflections

    A nurse in a bariatric surgery unit tries on a fat suit to simulate the experience of her patients. As blame and shame around excess weight have become more common, so too have surgical weight-loss procedures.

    The World Hates Fat People

    Being overweight is stigmatized in most countries around the world. But does obsessive talk about excess fat lead to weight reduction—or to cruel, useless shaming?