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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
"Society wants no fatties," Johnson said.
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