Grossophobie et image corporelle: c’est possible de s’outiller pour mieux intervenir!
Stigma based on body size is called fatphobia.
It manifests itself in different ways: in everyday relationships, through interactions with the medical profession, in the media, or in population-based interventions targeting obesity.
" Stigma stops people from reaching their full potential. And we as a society are poorer for that."Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada1
Fatphobia is fueled by stereotypes and negative prejudices that target people whose weight is considered too high. Additionally, it is often rooted in a lack of awareness and education about the complex factors that influence body weight2. In Québec3:
Fatphobia is not without consequences for the health and well-being of the population. It is associated with 2,4-6:
To find out more about fatphobia,
its manifestations and their consequences,
consult our factsheet on fatphobia.
Consult rhe sheet
Fatphobia can have several negative effects such as low self-esteem, body dissatisfaction and social exclusion, leading to avoidance and loss of interest in physical activity. Certain solutions can be put in place to prevent young people who are overweight from feeling hampered in their practice of physical activity.
Check out our recommendations for schools
In order to confront fatphobia, we must first become aware of our prejudices and recognize them, and then act to create healthy, safe and inclusive living environments for everyone.
Intended for health professionals, organization spokespersons and communications managers, this toolkit promotes inclusive and non-stigmatizing discourse with regard to weight.
“Fatphobia and body image: Tools to intervene better” is a toolbox offered by the Table québécoise sur la saine alimentation that helps promote the development of a positive body image and prevent fatphobia.
A practical guide for teachers and school workers in primary schools in Quebec.
An educational guide for physical education and health teachers.
Obesity is a complex issue, influenced by several factors.
Fatphobia is a form of discrimination that is harmful to health.
Preoccupation with weight can lead to unhealthy behaviours.