Since working in the field of eating disorders I have become more aware of the extent that specific body shapes and sizes are idolised or stigmatised by society.
Idolisation: adoring, admiring, glorifying or worshipping; making a favourable judgement
Stigmatisation: negative judgment or shaming of an individual or group
I often hear weight adoration (idolisation) and shaming (stigmatisation) in everyday comments that people make such as “her body is ah-mazing” referring to a model in a magazine, or “she doesn’t need that ice cream” referring to someone whose body does not conform to society’s ideally slim physique.
Deborah Etienne-Ward is a Clinical Psychology Registrar who has a passion for assisting people to develop a healthy and balanced relationship with food and exercise.