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WEIGHT-BASED DISCRIMINATION



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Weight based Discrimination Multicultural Communication Jason Mayfield Background What are the Issues of Weight Discrimination What are the Origins of Weight Discrimination Why are Women Targeted More than Men Discrimination towards fat people in the workplace education system and healthcare system has been clearly documented and is growing rapidly Weight discrimination was reported by 7 of US adults in 1995 96 and almost doubled to 12 by 2006 www naafa org Views about weight have gone from favorable to unfavorable over the centuries In 1909 Oscar Rogers of New York Life Insurance warned that being 10 pounds overweight would shorten life Kelly 2006 p 202 Since then not only have insurance companies made an issue about weight but physicians educators the government and society in general Research and social policy on weight bias and discrimination are behind to the point that negative attitudes based on weight have been labeled the last acceptable form of discrimination Puhl Brownell 2001 p 788 Research is finding that not only are a higher percentage of women overweight than men but that this type of discrimination is even more common against women than it is for men Griffin 2007 633 There are several factors that can be attributed to this male privilege women as sex symbols and intra gender discrimination based on weight Each of these things has led our society to a place where overweight women are seen as less than others Source www divahealth org Source www cdc gov Responsibility Who is Responsible In the United States society in general has chosen not to make discrimination against overweight people a priority When people hear their politicians doctors teachers neighbors family members and media talking about how fat people need to just quit being lazy and lose weight it only reinforces their feelings Therefore it is important to understand why so many people see weight discrimination as an acceptable practice in our society Why Does This Form of Discrimination



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