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Shamed for being fat. Shamed for being fit. Women can't win

When it comes to judgment of their bodies, women can't win.

"Research consistently shows the pressure to maintain a particular physique is stronger for women," said Kelly Brownell, dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Brownell, an expert in weight bias, says women are valued more for their appearance, and there is less acceptance of variation in body shape and size.

People often make fat jokes, but shaming of obesity is no joke. "People who experience weight discrimination have more daily stressors, physical symptoms and negative emotions," according to a 2016 study published in Obesity.

There is ample research revealing the negative effects of fat shaming, but what about so-called "fit shaming"? Seeing

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