"Weight-ism" More Widespread Than Sexism

In America, most of us believe that we shouldn't discriminate based on characteristics that people can't control (e.g. race, gender, etc.). However, we also believe that weight is something that people can control, and while that is correct to a certain extent, there are other factors that prevent people from achieving their ideal weight.

A new study from Yale University claims that weight discrimination is more widespread than previously imagined. Some of its findings:
- Men are not at serious risk of discrimination until their BMI reaches 35, while women begin experiencing an increase in discrimination at BMI 27.

- Moderately obese women with a BMI of 30 to 35 are three times more likely than men in the same weight group to experience weight discrimination.

- Compared to other forms of discrimination in the United States, weight discrimination is the third most prevalent cause of perceived discrimination among women (after gender and age) and the fourth most prevalent form of discrimination among all adults (after gender, age and race.)

As for how much control people can exert over their own weight, according to Rebecca Puhl (the study's author):
We place a lot of emphasis on personal responsibility for body weight. Our billion-dollar diet industry is founded on that premise. Your weight is modifiable. But that does not reflect the current state of science. We know from hundreds of randomized clinically controlled trials that it's very difficult to sustain weight loss over time with our existing treatment methods. That has compelled a number of expert panels, like the National Institutes of Health, to conclude that we really can't expect you to lose more than 10 percent of your body weight and be able to keep that off.


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That being said, weightism is evil :) And there really are some people that can do nothing about being obese. The majority however could. Or could have, earlier in their lives.
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It's not true that we have no control over our weight. Unless our genes change radically within a mere few decades; average weight has gone way up in the last few years only. Rebecca Puhl shout stop spouting nonsense in that respect - it is possible to control your weight.

Genes give you dispositions, what you do with them is up to you entirely.
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Mr Bean,
I can't speak for the rest of the countries in the area, but yes Georgia has *fewer* (not *less*, learn English) chemicals in their food. They don't have a better-living(profit)-through-chemicals infrastructure yet. When I go there, I eat better, feel better, and my skin even looks healthier. It's nothing to do with exercising or lifestyle. You'd be surprised what things you'd learn by actually visiting some of these places. Methinks you haven't even been to Western Europe. Am I right?
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