Discrimination may hurt the health of obese people.


The website Upi.com reports that a recent study “people who are obese are discriminated against at work and in public and this in turn creates more stress, which affects their health”.

The study was conducted by “Markus H. Schafer, a doctoral student in sociology and gerontology at Purdue University, and Kenneth F. Ferraro, a distinguished professor of sociology” and “compared body mass indexes to people's health and perceptions of weight discrimination”. It involved 1,500 people, from ages 25 to 74.

The researchers stated that “about 11 percent of those who were moderately obese and 33 percent who were severely obese reported weight discrimination and this group showed the sharpest decline over time in functional abilities, such as climbing stairs or carrying everyday items -- a measure for health status”.

CBS News.com adds that “the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention report that 34 per cent of U.S. adults are overweight, meaning their body mass index (BMI) is between 25 and 29.9, and another 34 per cent are obese, with BMIs of 30 or higher. Twenty-four per cent of Canadians are considered obese, according to new statistics released on Wednesday”.

This study was published in the journal Social Psychology Quarterly.

By Patricia Rivero.
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