Study: Women experience weight discrimination

Is there still a gender gap? Is there still the so-called "glass ceiling"?
Mark Brooky
Oct 2, 2012


Jeany Miller says in her latest "Diary of a Fat Woman" blog that there is definite gender discrimination when it comes to weight gain.

"In a 2008 study from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University, researchers found that society is less tolerant of weight gain in women than in men," Miller wrote. "In fact, just a modest weight gain causes women to often experience weight discrimination, but males can gain far more before experiencing similar bias."

In her blog from the Weight Management Support Group on the Smart Living Network, Miller said researchers documented the weight discrimination and compared it to experiences of race and other gender discrimination in a sample of adults ages 25-74. The data is from the National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States.

"Overall, the study showed that weight discrimination, particularly against women, is as common as racial discrimination," according to Miller. "But the researchers also identified the amount of weight gain that triggers a discriminatory backlash. They found that women appear to be at risk for discrimination at far lower weights, relative to their body size, than men."

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