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2012-05-30 09:59:22

Overweight women may never escape the painful stigma of obesity — even after they have shed the pounds, new research suggests. The study, by the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, The University of Manchester, and Monash University, examined whether anti-fat prejudice against women persisted even after they had lost significant weight and were now thin. The researchers asked young men and women to read vignettes describing a woman who had either lost weight (70 pounds/32...

2012-04-25 00:02:26

Kids can be really mean — especially to other kids — and school-yard bullying can have serious immediate and long-term effects. One area of increasing concern in this regard is the possibility that overweight or obese children shoulder the brunt of bullying. With childhood obesity rates reaching unprecedented levels, this may translate into even more negative behavior being experienced by today's kids. It is also possible that children who are disliked by their peers may respond...

2012-03-22 22:47:04

Obese white teenage girls who lose weight may benefit physically, but the weight change does not guarantee they are going to feel better about themselves, according to a Purdue University study. "We found that obese black and white teenage girls who transitioned out of obesity continued to see themselves as fat, despite changes in their relative body mass," said Sarah A. Mustillo, an associate professor of sociology who studies obesity in childhood and adolescence. "Further, obese white...

2011-10-03 14:05:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Obesity Society (TOS) has been asked to respond to recent criticism regarding the body weight of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Critics have called into question Governor Christie's ability to be an effective and appropriate presidential candidate or leader because of his body weight. The Obesity Society takes no position on Governor Christie's political philosophy or record in office. We do take the strongest exception,...

2011-09-26 13:10:00

The Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) announced today that it will launch its first annual National Weight Stigma Awareness Week, September 26-30, 2011. Severna Park, Maryland (PRWEB) September 26, 2011 The Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) announced today that it will launch its first annual National Weight Stigma Awareness Week, September 26-30, 2011. The objectives of this event are to build awareness of what weight stigma is, the harmful effects weight stigma can have on...

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2011-03-03 12:33:39

The discrimination that obese people feel, whether it is poor service at a restaurant or being treated differently in the workplace, may have a direct impact on their physical health, according to new research from Purdue University. "Obesity is a physiological issue, but when people have negative interactions in their social world"”including a sense of being discriminated against"”it can make matters worse and contribute to a person's declining physical health," said Markus H....

2011-01-11 14:47:52

Does obesity tend to "cluster" among young adults? And if so, what impact does it have on both their weight and weight-related behaviors? That's what researchers from The Miriam Hospital's Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center set out to answer to better understand how social influences affect both weight status and weight loss intentions in this difficult-to-reach age group. According to the study, published online by the journal Obesity, overweight and obese young adults between the...

2010-09-15 10:23:00

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In recognition of the month of September being declared "National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month" by President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress, the OAC is issuing a national call for all Americans to stop discriminating against and bullying children affected by obesity. The OAC is urging Americans to recognize the fight against childhood obesity should not include the stigmatization of the children affected. The OAC is asking all...

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2010-04-18 09:20:00

Prejudice towards obese people is rife among trainee health professionals, but can be modified, new research has found. The study, published in the journal Obesity, says weight-based discrimination by the public has increased by 66% over the past decade with anti-fat prejudice among health professionals found to be high in western nations, and often exceeding that found within the general population. The research, by scientists at the Universities of Manchester and Hawaii and Yale University,...

2009-08-21 13:55:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Obesity Society strongly opposes the current billboard campaign from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) promoting vegetarianism at the expense of stigmatizing overweight and obese persons. The PETA billboard ad displays an image of an overweight woman in a bikini, with the text "Save the Whales - Lose the Blubber: Go Vegetarian." This ad is an unmistakable example of stigma and prejudice against individuals who are...