During the COVID lockdown, we have observed an increase in weight biased memes and fat jokes as well as a lot of posts about individuals feeling worried or anxious about gaining weight during the COVID lockdown. This just shows how deeply ingrained weight bias is in our society. Weight biased memes use images of people with larger bodies in very negative ways e. These memes are concerning because they contribute to obesity stigma — the belief that obesity is self-inflicted i. Obesity is caused by many biological, behavioural and environmental factors.
Funny memes often come from dark places — remember that before you make your own
Why COVID has led to weight gain memes and fat-shaming on the internet - Times of India
Funny fat people
Recent articles on perceptions of overweight and obese people have attracted a lot of attention from those with something to say about the overweight and the obese. Hollywood entertainers such as Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, Courtney Cox and Gwyneth Paltrow have secured big pay cheques and even bigger laughs by putting on fat suits. Why do we find this funny? Why are fat suits and the act of dressing up as fat for the sake of laughs, not considered offensive as other forms of derogatory behaviour, for instance, as blackface? Stigma against fat people is well researched and documented.
Loughborough academics have presented a report to MPs to warn that social media memes are encouraging obesity, apathy and lethargy in children. When you see a meme about being fat and loving food and you're fat and love food pic. MEMEotive aims to understand which memes become popular and how they influence and motivate the health and health behaviours of young people and teenagers. Loughborough University is equipped with a live in-house broadcast unit via the Globelynx network. To arrange an interview with one of our experts please contact the press office on