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The Life-Long Effects of Fat Shaming, as Evidenced by Jonah Hill’s Instagram Post

There are a lot of things you know Jonah Hill from. Perhaps it’s his latest film, Don’t Look Up. Or maybe it’s his classic comedy movies, like Superbad or 21 Jump Street. You could be a fan of his more serious roles, like Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Or maybe he was brought back into your periphery with his latest Instagram post — where he openly spoke about the fat-shaming and “public mockery” of his body that’s perversely followed him throughout his career.

The thing about fat-shaming — the act of shaming a person or group of people, usually those who live in larger bodies — is that, scientifically, it does not work. A 2014 study, which called “negative attitudes towards obese individuals one of the last socially acceptable forms of prejudice” found that weight discrimination “promotes weight gain and the onset of obesity”.


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