Advocates want critics to stop fat-shaming Trump

An obesity advocacy group wants people to stop fat-shaming President Trump on social media.

“The disease of obesity knows no political boundaries. It is very much a bipartisan issue currently affecting more than 93 million Americans,” read a statement from Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) president and CEO Joseph Nadglowski.

The coalition released the statement after Twitter users started using the hashtag #MaraLardAss in response to Trump’s recent physical exam, which found that his BMI had climbed into the obesity range.

“Weight bias and fat-shaming can have a very harmful impact on individuals affected by obesity,” Nadglowski said in the statement sent Wednesday night. “Psychological effects include depression, anxiety and poor body image. From a social and physical aspect, weight bias can lead to social rejection by peers, unhealthy weight control practices and more.”

Even people who wouldn’t ordinarily come to Trump’s defense tried to halt the low-blow taunting.

“It’s really simple, people: don’t fat shame,” writer Matthew Chapman tweeted. “You can shame Trump for a million other things. Being fat isn’t a character flaw.”

“I hate Trump but why is it OK to fat shame anyone?” user Tostefrench wrote.

“I am the most ardent human being against Trump, however, as a former very obese person as a young kid, this just isn’t necessar,” Jared Bonshire tweeted. “Attack his policy, his demeanor, his callous nature, the fact that he is empty inside…..but this isn’t necessary. Please stop.”

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