Social stigma of obesity

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The social stigma of obesity, better known as fatphobia, is a stigma that causes problems for overweight and obese people. A similar problem is weight stigma. These two stigmas mean bias and discrimination against people because of their body weight.[1] Several studies across the world show that overweight or obese people have higher levels of stigma than thin people. Also, obese people marry less often. There are fewer jobs or educational opportunities for obese people. On average, obese people get lesser incomes than normal weight and underweight people. There are civil rights and anti-discrimination laws for obese people. However, these people still face discrimination and bias.

Anti-fat bias, also called fat shaming, means prejudice toward obese people. The fat acceptance movement says anti-fat bias is found and seen all through society.[2]

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  1. "Stigma of Obesity". Wiley Online. Retrieved May 13, 2021. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. "Bias, Discrimination and Obesity". Wiley Online. Retrieved May 13, 2021. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)