You’ve probably seen headlines screaming that a favorite star is packing on the pounds. Tyra Banks, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lawrence — no matter how thin, no celebrity seems immune from “fat-shaming.”
Now, research shows the trend could have a ripple effect, making the non-famous feel bad about their bodies, too.
“Fat-shaming is socially acceptable and it’s so common we don’t know how pervasive it is. No one even bats an eyelash at it or thinks about how terrible it is for that person,” said the study’s lead author, Amanda Ravary.
“But the consequences affect more than just the target of fat-shaming,” said Ravary, a Ph.D. student at