Origins of Weight Stigma #5: The diet industry

Why do people hate and fear fat bodies?

Weight stigma β€” also known as fatphobia, fatmisia, anti-fatness and fat hatred β€” ties into threads of power and profit going back centuries. Let’s look at one of the factors: The diet industry.

Worth $72 billion in 2020, the diet industry is one of the obvious culprits in this list. They still haven’t figured out how to make fat people thin; it’s a scam. I’ve talked quite a bit about the diet industry and its ramifications; heading to and searching for “diet industry” will give you more of my thoughts.

Read more about the origins of fatphobia at

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