'Bulging bin bag of turds, oversized gremlin and disgusting fat f**k': these are the horrific names we've been called for being fat

And there's no sign of any let-up, a damning global study found this week, as fat people are more likely to face prejudice than any other minority group.

Almost half of obese people have felt judged because of their weight in social situations and when accessing medical care, a poll for the World Obesity Federation found, making Britain clearly institutionally prejudiced against them.

While we’re waging war on discrimination in all other areas – gender, disability, race, sexuality – people are missing out on jobs and the health care they need simply on the basis of their looks.

Johanna Ralston, chief executive of the federation, said: “People are being blamed for obesity, but decades of public health research shows obesity is complex and there are multiple causes.

"Stigmatising obesity undermines people’s health and makes it harder to seek support.”

Here, six overweight women reveal to Sun Online the shocking insults they've received and discrimination they've faced…

'When I was just 7 my friends pinched my flab'

Amanda Elliott, 28 is a postgraduate student and blogger from Edinburgh. She is a size 24/26.

Amanda says: "I first realised I was fat and society thinking it bad when I was seven.

My friends staged an intervention in the playground – pinching my flab, discussing what was wrong with every inch of my body and prescribing me a diet plan.

I get unsolicited negative remarks comments about my body roughly three times a week.

Men have shouted at me in an aggressively 'flirty' manner, but when I reject or ignore them, they suddenly call me a 'disgusting fat f**k.'

I’ve been mooed at, called loads of names such as cow, whale, or elephant – usually with a side of swearing – and shouted at for taking up too much space.

When I look for a seat on the bus, people will lean away and scoff, as if I’m contagious.

Weight is mentioned every time I go to the doctor. My doctor suggested weight-loss surgery: I hadn't asked for it and had no other health concerns.

And last year, when I had carpal tunnel symptoms in the lead up to exams, the doctor recommended weight loss as a solution.

We need weight-neutral healthcare, focusing on indicators of health like blood pressure, rather than doctors making assumptions.

I often see fat shaming being referred to as the last acceptable form of shaming.

Fat shaming also negatively impacts both physical and mental health, and is heavily linked to depression. I'm baffled by people’s cruelty, ignorance, and hatred."

'Someone said I looked like a bulging binbag full of turds'

Jo Frost, 31, from Manchester, is the founder and creative director of plus-size clothing company Lovedrobe. She is a size 22/24.

Jo says: "I get a bit of abuse, especially when I wear clothes people deem ‘inappropriate’ for plus-size girls, such as wet-look leggings, anything tight, and crop tops.

I've been called a 'bulging binbag full of turds' and someone tagged a friend saying 'if I ever look as bad as that, remind me to shoot myself.'

I've been discriminated against because of my weight. I’ve sat on trains and the person next to me has got up and moved. It’s so hurtful.

For some reason, if you discriminate against people on the basis of their skin colour or disability it’s not OK and yet it’s fine to have a go at someone who’s fat, even though they might have a mental health problem which makes them eat.

I’d never call someone underweight an 'anorexic b***h’ so why do fat people get this kind of treatment?

The bullying usually comes from trolls sitting at home behind their computers. Their comments hurt me at first, but I’ve grown resilient.

People channel their anger towards fat people and assume that if you’re big, you’re lazy.

I’m not. I’m busy running a successful internet business seven days a week.”

'They drew pictures of me as an oversized gremlin'

Kat, 34, from Surrey works in finance and is a part-time fitness instructor. She is a size 18/20.

Kat says: "We live in a judgemental world and there are some very negative opinions about body size.

I was a size 12 when I got pregnant at 16. My boyfriend left, and I comfort ate to make myself feel better.

The worst bullying was when I was at a club with so-called friends one night and discovered a napkin they’d left on the floor for me to find – they’d scribbled pictures of me on it as an oversized gremlin and written my name on it.

I was often picked on for my size – called 'ugly', a 'whale'.

It made me feel negative and worthless.”

Kat's interview first appeared on Sun Online in April.

'Men tell me they only want to sleep with me because I'm fat'

Loren Cook, 31, from North London works in advertising. She is a size 24.

Loren says: "Men driving past will shout things like 'fat cow' or tell me I'm 'pretty for a big girl' – it makes me want to scream.

I've been out and a man has told me I'm not attractive enough to wear certain clothes.

I try not to get angry, but sometimes I will confront people.

Online dating has been hard – I've worried people won't find me attractive.

People are interested in me, but I've had men say they just want to have sex with fat girls or have a fetish.

I want somebody who is interested in me for me.

Going to the doctors' is difficult.

I don't have any health conditions caused by my size, but I've broken my foot three times and it's prone to getting sore – the doctor has often solely blamed it on my weight.

When I flew to Brazil recently, the guy next to me made a comment about my size to his friends.

I told the cabin crew and I was moved, but it was an awful way to begin my holiday.

I don't want to encroach in other people's space but when they're horrible about it it's awful."

'People on the bus ask if I've tried certain diets'

Lauretta Johnnie, 51, from West London is a personal trainer who runs Full-Figured Fitness. She weighed 28 stone at her heaviest.

Lauretta says: "I've lost weight but I'm still obese. I used to let people be rude to me, but now I'm fighting back.

Once a woman told me my bum was big, so I said "why are you so obsessed with my body?" and then cheekily asked if she'd like some of mine – she was so offended.

I get called fat, have people point out parts of my body such as my bum, been sworn at and been told I'm taking up too much space.

I can't control public thought, but it's really offensive. Society has created a situation where people feel they have license insult bigger people.

I get unsolicited advice on the bus, such as being asked if I've tried certain diets. My response is to say 'I'm fine as I am, thank you'.

One time, I had to run across a shop to grab something I'd forgotten and the guy behind the counter said 'you've just had some exercise'.

When you eat as a fat person you can feel people watching you.

I recently saw a thin, white woman walking down the street eating a packet of biscuits and I just thought 'what a privilege': I could never do that.

This is all not OK – you can't be racist, sexist homophobic – it's not fine to be like this to fat people."

'A boy said if he punched me in the stomach pork chops would come out'

Amy Louise Williams, 28, an online shopper, from Tonypandy in Wales was bullied at school from the age of eight when she was a size 18 – she's since lost three stone.

Amy says: “I was an easy target as I never fought back when bullies hit me and didn't reply when they called me horrible names due to my size.

“One boy said if he punched me in the stomach pork chops would come out.

"It’s had a huge impact. I've had anxiety and depression since the age of 18 and can't look in the mirror without hearing 'you’re fat, you’re ugly'.

"It's severely impacted my life. When I go out I keep my head down as I'm paranoid people are judging me for the way I look.

"If I could say anything to people who choose to use words like this, it’s that you’re mentally killing someone: at 28 I'm still suffering from those hateful comments.”

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