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Weight Discrimination As Prevalent as Racial Discrimination

I was going to ask, “This is news to whom?” Then I real­ized that it’s per­fect­ly like­ly that peo­ple who aren’t fat real­ly don’t real­ize how much size dis­crim­i­na­tion there is, while it’s impos­si­ble for the rest of us to avoid it.

From the Inter­na­tion­al Jour­nal of Obe­si­ty, 4 March 2008:
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Dis­crim­i­na­tion again­st over­weight peo­ple-par­tic­u­lar­ly wom­en-is as com­mon as racial dis­crim­i­na­tion, accord­ing to a study by the Rudd Cen­ter for Food Pol­i­cy & Obe­si­ty at Yale Uni­ver­si­ty.
“The­se results show the need to treat weight dis­crim­i­na­tion as a legit­i­mate form of prej­u­dice, com­pa­ra­ble to oth­er char­ac­ter­is­tics like race or gen­der that already receive legal pro­tec­tion,” said Rebec­ca Puhl, research sci­en­tist and lead author.
(…)
The study also revealed that wom­en are twice as like­ly as men to report weight dis­crim­i­na­tion and that weight dis­crim­i­na­tion in the work­place and inter­per­son­al mis­treat­ment due to obe­si­ty is com­mon.
(…)
Co-author Tatiana Andreyava of Yale said weight dis­crim­i­na­tion is more preva­lent than dis­crim­i­na­tion based on sex­u­al ori­en­ta­tion, nationality/​ethnicity, phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ty, and reli­gious beliefs. “How­ev­er, despite its high preva­lence, it con­tin­ues to remain social­ly accept­able,” she said.

I’ll prob­a­bly be slammed for this, but I hon­est­ly thing that weight/​size dis­crim­i­na­tion may be even more preva­lent in the U.S. than racial dis­crim­i­na­tion, because it’s social­ly accept­able.


1 Repost­ed in Med­ical News Today

4 comments

  1. HopeEvey says:

    While it’s frus­trat­ing, many, many peo­ple just don’t real­ize how built into our cul­ture size dis­crim­i­na­tion is.

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