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A television host said that people should fat-shame other people more. He said it will make them lose weight. This made another TV host very angry.

Both TV hosts work in the US One is American and one is British. The British one got angry. He said that fat-shaming can make people depressed. Being depressed can make people eat more. Eating too much makes people gain weight.

The American host said people shouldn’t complain about healthcare in the US. He said people are unhealthy because they eat bad food. He said people would have cheaper medical bills if they ate better. This is not the problem with healthcare in America.

Now, many people are talking about who is right. Some people say fat shaming made them lose weight. Others say it made them more unhealthy.

Difficult words

Host (n): A person who leads a TV, Radio or Internet show.

Shame (v): To make someone feel bad for something they do.

Depressed (adj): To feel very sad.

Healthcare (n): How a country looks after its peoples’ health.

Medical (adj): Science, Hospitals and Doctors who fix peoples’ health.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Host  A. Very sad
 2. Shame  B. Medicine
 3. Depressed  C. Hospitals
 4. Healthcare  D. Presenter
 5. Medical  E. Embarrass

True or False?

1. Both TV hosts are from America. T / F

2. Eating too much food is a problem for some people. T / F

3. Depression can make people fat. T / F

4. Fat-shaming works for some people. T / F

5. Everyone agrees that fat-shaming is good. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. will / weight / make / it / them / He / said / lose

2. American / is / One / British / is / and / one

3. gain / weight / people / much / too / makes / Eating

4. would / cheaper / have / He / bills / medical / said / people

5. made / it / more / them / Others / say / unhealthy

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English:

Depressed Complain Bad
Bills Talking Host

A television (1)________ said that people should fat-shame other people more. He said it will make them lose weight. This made another TV host very angry.

Both TV hosts work in the U.S. One is American and one is British. The British one got angry. He said that fat-shaming can make people (2)________. Being depressed can make people eat more. Eating too much makes people gain weight.

The American host said people shouldn’t (3)________ about healthcare in the US. He said people are unhealthy because they eat (4)________ food. He said people would have cheaper medical (5)_________ if they ate better. This is not the problem with healthcare in America.

Now, many people are (6)________ about who is right. Some people say fat shaming made them lose weight. Others say it made them more unhealthy.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Which host do you agree with more?
5. Have you ever heard someone fat-shaming another person?
6. Is it socially acceptable to fat-shame someone in your country?
7. What are other kinds of shaming that occur in society?
8. Is there any kind of shaming that you believe is okay?
9. Do you think you would react positively or negatively to shaming?
10. What motivates you to do better?
11. Is there a problem in your country that is wrongly blamed on a certain group of people?
12. Is there a problem with obesity in your country?
13. Is it easier to eat healthily or unhealthily in your country?
14. What type of healthcare system do you have in your country?
15. Is healthcare expensive in your country?
16. What do you know about the healthcare system in the US?
17. How can people be helped to be more healthy?
18. Should healthy-food be cheaper than unhealthy food?
19. Is it a government’s job to protect people’s health?
20. How can people be encouraged to exercise more?