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Fat phobia study reveals weighty attitudes      - Cnn.com

  FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) -- While it is no surprise that people often have a low opinion of the overweight, a new study finds that just standing next to a large person can be bad for one's image.

 The experiment, conducted in England, demonstrates the depths of stigmatization endured by heavy people: It even rubs off on their friends

Carol Johnson of Milwaukee, a large woman who heads a support organization called Largely Positive, told the conference that overweight people are often discriminated against by doctors, who ascribe all their problems to weight and sometimes withhold standard treatments, like blood pressure pills, that they freely prescribe to thin patients.

"Society wants no fatties," Johnson said.

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