Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Brazil Shames Fatties

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Fatties in Brazil are being shamed into losing weight, but it won’t work.

Recently, the Brazilian government added special, double-wide, brightly colored seats for overweight people on all their public transportation and signs designating the seats specifically for fat folks.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Patrick O’Neil, who’s spent his career working on obesity related issues, calls the chairs “degrading” and assures that shaming and embarrassing hefty folks won’t get them to drop weight.

He explains, “Obese people suffer from a condition that’s not a secret. They suffer more than enough shame on a day to day basis and it doesn’t cause them to fix themselves. Subjecting them to more embarrassment to get them to lose weight is unrealistic.”

However, O’Neil thinks recognizing that not everyone fits into teeny standard seating is “a good thing” and the United States should adopt the method – in a less offensive way.

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