Bias, discrimination and obesity


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© 2013 Taylor & Francis. It has been said that obese persons are the last acceptable targets of discrimination.1-4 Anecdotes abound about overweight individuals being ridiculed by teachers, physicians, and complete strangers in public settings, such as supermarkets, restaurants, and shopping areas. Fat jokes and derogatory portrayals of obese people in popular media are common. Overweight people tell stories of receiving poor grades in school, being denied jobs and promotions, losing the opportunity to adopt children, and more. Some who have written on the topic insist that there is a strong and consistent pattern of discrimination, 5 but no systematic review of the scientific evidence has been done.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Puhl, R; Brownell, KD

Published Date

  • January 1, 2013

Book Title

  • Health and Human Rights in a Changing World

Start / End Page

  • 607 - 617

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780415503983

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4324/9780203576298

Citation Source

  • Scopus