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Could obesity treatment help avoid discrimination?

Purdue University
Overweight people might want to look into obesity treatment in order to avoid discrimination.


According to a recent study conducted by Purdue University, fat people are experiencing discrimination, which is damaging their physical health.


The research found that 11 per cent of moderately obese people have experienced prejudice against their weight.


Meanwhile, 33 per cent of the severely obese reported being discriminated against for the same reason, with problems ranging from poor service in a restaurant to being treated badly in the work list.


Markus Shafer, a doctoral student who led the study, monitored these people and other obese individuals who did not report discrimination over a ten-year period.


All of the overweight people monitored showed a decline in their health during this time.


However, Mr Shafer discovered that those who felt discriminated against demonstrated the sharpest decline in their functional abilities, which are a key determiner of health status.

© Adfero Ltd


Obesity treatment news : 11 March 2011