Stigma overweight people face could spur more weight gain

July 24, 2013, HealthDay

By Steven Reinberg

Discriminating against a person because of their weight may actually increase the chances of that individual becoming obese, researchers report.

People who experienced this so-called “weightism” are two and a half times more likely to become or stay obese later on, the researchers added.

“Discrimination is hurtful and demeaning, and has real implications for physical health,” said lead researcher Angelina Sutin, an assistant professor of psychology at Florida State University.

“In the case of weight discrimination, people often rationalize that it is okay to do because it will motivate the victim to lose weight,” Sutin said. “Our findings suggest the opposite.” Continue reading