This is the Issue:

Urge retail stores to stop selling Halloween "fat costumes."When retail stores sell Halloween “fat costumes,” they are making fun of a body type often associated with obesity. This is weight stigma and it is wrong.

“Fat costumes” spread the message that people with obesity are lazy, consumed by food and not smart. Weight stigma is hurtful and can lead to:

  • Feeling anxious or depressed
  • Rejection from peers
  • Unhealthy attempts at weight-loss
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Trouble at work or school

This is the Reality:

Urge major retail stores to stop selling Halloween "fat costumes"Some people think these costumes are funny, but they are not. There is no “right way” to make fun of someone’s size. Weight stigma in any form adds up.

“Fat costumes” show a specific body type as a joke. However, the disease of obesity is not a joke. Obesity affects more than 50 health conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

No other costume is based off a disease. Think about the health conditions we just listed. What would you think if someone wore a costume making fun of cancer?

In addition, “fat costumes” do not allow the people wearing them to feel what it is like to live with obesity every day. For instance, people with obesity are already shamed almost everywhere.

This is What You Can Do: