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Weight discrimination, even without excess weight

from ConscienHealth

Weight-based discrimination at work is a familiar problem for people living with obesity. But new research suggests that the problem might even affect people who don’t have obesity. Dennis Nickson and colleagues found weight-based discrimination against women even with BMI in a range considered to be healthy. In fact, they found that a woman with BMI of 24 was viewed as less employable than a man with a BMI of 26. Respondents evaluated how likely they would be to hire different applicants with identical qualifications after being shown one of the face pictures on the right. The researchers digitally manipulated the heavier image of each face to simulate a specific BMI. more

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