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Two TV hosts in the US are debating fat-shaming. They both have their own shows but one is American and one is British. The American host said that fat-shaming should make a comeback. He said it will make “fat” people lose weight. This made the British TV host very angry.

The British host said that fat-shaming can make people depressed. Being depressed can lead to self-destructive behaviour. This kind of behaviour can include overeating which causes weight gain. The American host argued people shouldn’t complain about healthcare in America, because they eat too much junk food. He continued by saying if people ate healthier, healthcare wouldn’t be an issue. Many people disagree with this idea because healthcare being expensive in America is not related to people overeating.

Now, many people are talking about who is right. An ex-baseball player said that fat-shaming made him get healthier. He said his whole career was thanks to fat-shaming. However, another man said fat-shaming gave him an eating disorder. He lost weight but in an unhealthy way.

Many people have been debating this topic on Twitter and are sharing their own stories about fat-shaming.

Difficult words

Shaming (v): To embarrass someone for something they do.

Comeback (n): To make a return.

Depressed (adj): An illness which causes people to be incredibly sad.

Destructive (adj): Something which destroys.

Disorder (n): A mental or physical problem.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Shaming A. Return
 2. Comeback B. Destroy
 3. Depressed C. Very sad
 4. Destructive D. Problem
 5. Disorder E. Embarrass

True or False?

1.  People are arguing about fat-shaming. T / F

2. Fat-shaming cannot make people depressed. T / F

3. Healthcare in America is expensive. T / F

4. A baseball player thinks fat-shaming helped him. T / F

5. The hosts are both American.  T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. TV / fat-shaming / US / are / hosts / the / Two / in / debating

2. people / that / said / British / make / host / The / depressed / can / fat-shaming

3. him / An / ex-baseball / fat-shaming / said / healthier / that / get / player / made

4. but / way / an / lost / unhealthy / weight / in / He

5. been / on / this / have / topic / Twitter / debating / Many / people

Listening and Vocabulary

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

British English:

American English:

Topic Disorder Hosts
Healthier Lose Overeating

Two TV (1)__________ in the US are debating fat-shaming. They both have their own shows but one is American and one is British. The American host said that fat-shaming should make a comeback. He said it will make “fat” people (2)_______ weight. This made the British TV host very angry.

The British host said that fat-shaming can make people depressed. Being depressed can lead to self-destructive behaviour. This kind of behaviour can include (3)_____________ which causes weight gain. The American host argued people shouldn’t complain about healthcare in America, because they eat too much junk food. He continued by saying if people ate (4)____________, healthcare wouldn’t be an issue. Many people disagree with this idea because healthcare being expensive in America is not related to people overeating.

Now, many people are talking about who is right. An ex-baseball player said that fat-shaming made him get healthier. He said his whole career was thanks to fat-shaming. However, another man said fat-shaming gave him an eating (5)__________. He lost weight but in an unhealthy way.

Many people have been debating this (6)_________ on Twitter and are sharing their own stories about fat-shaming.

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?