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Weight Bias May Play Role in Obesity

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Weight discrimination may play a role in obesity, according to a study of more than 6,000 adults. Overweight participants who said they had experienced discrimination because of their weight were 2 1/2 times as likely to become obese during the four-year study as their peers. Overweight is defined as a body mass index of 25 to 30; obese is 30 or more. Obese participants who said they had experienced weight discrimination were more likely to stay obese during the study than those who perceived no discrimination. No other form of discrimination (say, against a person's gender or ethnicity) was linked to weight gain.
Source: PLOS One, published online July 24, 2013


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