If you read research, you find that:
—> People do *less work* and get *less results* with shame.
—> People do *more work* and get *more results* with positive support and basic habits.
The new article out on fat shaming actually doesn’t have any science to support it’s claims, though it purports to have science to back it’s claims.
The “science” only pulls for fat shaming if you don’t actually click through and read all of the links.
I REPEAT: CLICK THE LINKS AND READ THE RESEARCH AND THERE IS NOTHING THAT BACKS UP WHAT THE AUTHOR SAYS. THE AUTHOR IS TALKING OUT OF HIS ASS.
Actually disproves what the author says. It says SUPPORT and ENCOURAGEMENT were instrumental. It says INTRINSIC motivation was the key.
The next one is actually an opinion piece with references. The references, all except one, disprove what the article says.
The one that doesn’t is a *question* It doesn’t actually say that it’s shame useful, it poses the question “What if it might be worth looking in to?” It’s a question, not a statement.
Lastly, we find that the crux of one of the opinion pieces that he links to is the denormalization of smoking. Which, it turns out, doesn’t actually work either:
Also, people better not spend any time looking in to the last 30 years of motivation research (http://selfdeterminationtheory.org/publications/) or people might find that this goes against everything we currently know about motivation.
Self-Determination Theory research tells us that motivation is driven by:
It turns out people are actually using the basics of motivation science to create safe spaces, build competence at food and exercise, and get people to TAKE CONSISTENT ACTION. The effectiveness of behavioral weight loss programs is well established. Here is one of my favorites (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3883879/)
It turns out that it’s actually as simple as:
-Creating effective habits
-Disrupting ineffective habits
-Creating an environment that increases exercise
-Creating an environment that increases healthy eating
People do more work and get more results with positive support and basic habits.
It turns out that works. Meanwhile shame (http://journals.lww.com/acsm-healthfitness/Fulltext/2007/05000/Weight_Bias__A_Primer_for_the_Fitness_Industry.6.aspx) has been shown to reduce dieting, reduce exercise, and increase emotional eating.
People do less work and get less results with shame.
But hey, what would I know, I just have a bunch of clients who work really hard on their food and workouts, while being respected, honored, and taken care of.
I’m so silly, I just have clients improve their food habits, get stronger, and lose weight.