Let's End the Fat Shaming: A Call to Action

Rob Kardashian needs support on his weight-loss journeyAs a Houston podiatrist who helps many diabetic patients protect their foot health, I am always in favor of people making healthier life choices, introducing exercise into their daily routines, eating better foods and, when necessary, losing weight in a healthful way.

By now, most of us know that making these kinds of lifestyle choices is crucial. We also know that big life changes are hard and sometimes, people are not able to lose weight as quickly as they would like to, putting them at risk of developing diabetes or, if they already have the disease, of experiencing complications such as peripheral neuropathy or foot ulcers.

Since we all know how hard weight loss can be, I am always shocked when people make the decision to tear down others, simply because they are overweight. Just this week, Rob Kardashian (brother to more-famous siblings Kim, Khloe and Kourtney) was forced to share the following on Twitter: “"So I found out I was trending for being fat…Thank you all, it really made my day :)"

The former-model later went on to say: “I'm a grown man and will work on myself when I choose. I'm aware that I'm fat that def ain't a surprise to me lol.”

While his reaction to hurtful online comments about his weight seemed light, a tweet from bib-sis Khloe later in the day was telling: "Some of you people are disgusting for calling others names and picking on them... You should be ashamed of yourself. Your words are cutting deeper then you know and are [possibly] leaving lifetime scars!"

For one of the few times in my life, Khloe Kardashian and I are on the same page. We have a weight problem in this country; we have a diabetes problem in this country; and we REALLY have a meanness problem in this country. What if we all just offered each other support in our battles with weight loss and collectively worked to become a healthier nation? We might not have as many good fat jokes to make, but we might all live longer, happier and, most importantly, healthier lives. That’s my two cents for the day, here’s hoping you think it over this weekend. 

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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