As much as Twitter has become a hub for breaking news and a home for social TV engagement, it is not known as the most welcoming environment. In fact, sometimes Twitter is a downright hostile environment where hashtags get hijacked and harassment drives people to shut down their accounts.
Like others that face the same accusations, Twitter continues making efforts toward reducing harassment on the platform. Still, the harassing behaviors on Twitter may be a symptom of a larger culture issue. For instance, modern societies are notorious for their disdain for those considered overweight and, according to a report from EllipticalReviews.com, the anonymity of social media has made it easier to ridicule others.
EllipticalReviews analyzed more than 17,000 fat-shaming tweets to find out where they come from and what the language shamers use most often.
Wyoming and Vermont emerged as the origins of the most fat-shaming tweets. The report notes that both states have some of the lowest rates of obesity among children and adults, respectively. Interestingly, California is also among the states with the lowest rates of obesity and the lowest incidence of weight-shaming tweets.
The language of fat shaming on Twitter ranges from relatively benign phrases like “lose weight” to more hurtful phrases like “fat bitch,” the latter of which was most popular in Alaska.
Globally, fat-shaming tweets were most prevalent in the U.S., which has a higher rate of obesity than other countries on average. However, according to the report, the words “fat and ugly” seem to be interchangeable in the modern world.
Check out the full report for more data and charts on the state of fat-shaming on Twitter.