Weight loss surgery could help overweight people to avoid a stigma associated with being a larger size.
A recent study has revealed that people's perceptions of skinny and overweight people are stereotypical.
Conducted at the University of Alberta, the study found that when a thin person is observed lying down watching television they are assumed to be resting.
However, an overweight person in the same position is automatically dubbed 'lazy', the study report claimed.
Tanya Berry from the university argued that these stereotypes need to be changed.
Not all skinny people necessarily conduct a healthy lifestyle, Ms Berry claimed, just as not all overweight people are lazy.
Obesity is becoming a major problem in the UK as the latest figures from the NHS revealed that 24 per cent of adults in England are obese.
Children appear to be following the trend. 17 per cent of boys and 16 per cent of girls aged between two and 15 were found to have a body mass index of 30 or above, making them obese.