Overweight women experience obesity stigma even after weight loss, study finds
A study out of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, The University of Manchester and Monash University and published in the journal Obesity, finds that anti-fat prejudice still persists against formerly obese women, even after they had lost a significant amount of weight.
Overweight women face a multitude of hardships – such as discrimination in the workplace – that arise from the stigma surrounding obesity. While weight loss may seem like the solution for women hoping to escape anti-fat prejudice, it may not be that simple after all.
New research out of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, The University of Manchester and Monash University, has revealed that anti-fat prejudice still persisted against former obese women, even after they had lost a significant amount of weight.
“Previous research has shown that the harmful nature of obesity stigma crossed many domains,” Dr. Janet Latner, the study’s lead author at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, told FoxNews.com. “So we designed an experiment to look at whether obesity sting persisted once the weight had been dropped.”
Published in the journal Obesity, the study asked young men and women participants to read various stories about a woman who had lost about 70 pounds, or a woman who was currently obese or thin who had remained stable. The participants were then asked to rate the women’s attractiveness and then give their opinions on fat people in general.