Janel Glidden weight discrimination

Discrimination is the action towards another of a certain group or category.  It is not based off the person alone, but the group that someone categorizes them in.

In an article by USA today, weight discrimination is discussed.  Weight discrimination especially in women is increasing and is nearly as common as racial discrimination.

“Reported discrimination based on weight has increased 66% in the past decade, up from about 7% to 12% of U.S. adults, says one study, in the journal Obesity. The other study, in the International Journal of Obesity, says such discrimination is common in both institutional and interpersonal situations — and in some cases is even more prevalent than rates of discrimination based on gender and race. (About 17% of men and 9% of women reported race discrimination.)”

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/weightloss/2008-05-20-overweight-bias_N.htm

Janel Glidden

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  1. #1 by kgoff3 on June 4, 2012 - 12:39 PM

    Discrimination is so frustrating to see in society. In America I can definitely see why we have the overweight bias. Through the media and advertising, our image of a “beautiful person” is seriously out of whack. For girls to be considered pretty they must be thin. For men to be attractive they must have a six-pack. I think the overweight bias can go right along with the video we watched on the beauty bias. Because of America’s skewed image of attractive people, overweight people may not be seen as quite as attractive as they really are. As unfortunate as this is, this may be why they are discriminated against. -Kendra Goff

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