Steph Ng

Steph Ng

Steph is a contributor to Inkstone and an undergraduate majoring in psychology at Duke University. She manages bodybanter.com, an online platform that empowers young people to redefine their relations

hips with their bodies.

Fat shaming in Asia has to stop
“Before” and “after” weight loss photos; diet pills touted as cures for sadness; the social stigma attached to weight gain: throughout the world, societal and cultural norms are teaching young people to associate their body size with success, or lack thereof. For many young people, growing up with these pressures is resulting in eating disorders that last well beyond their teenage years. Growing up in Hong Kong and finding my passion in the academic field of psychology has led me to become deeply involved with research on eating disorders, with a specific interest in the role that culture plays in their onset, development and treatment. Conventional societal norms tout a body shape that rep