You May Lose Weight, But Study Says You’ll Always Be Fat to Your Friends
You worked hard at the gym, you dieted for a year and you finally lost the weight, but to your friends… you’ll always be fat. Girls, if you’re looking for reassurance that all that hard work you put in to losing weight will change others impressions of you, you’ll have to look elsewhere. A new study concludes that when a woman slims down, her family and coworkers remember her as being overweight… and continue to label her as being lazy and greedy.
The study looked at 273 volunteers. It found found most people regarded women who had lost weight as being less attractive than the one who had always been slim.
The study found most regarded the women who had lost weight as being less attractive than the one who had always been slim.
They also made negative comments about the women and had certain ‘fat prejudices’.
Researchers concluded: ‘Obesity stigma is so powerful and enduring that it may even outlast the obesity itself.’
The findings, published May 29 in the journal Obesity, suggest that the stigma of obesity is so powerful that it can continue even after an obese person has lost weight. The study’s leader, Janet Latner, told U.S News and World Report , “We were surprised to find that currently thin women were viewed differently depending on their weight history,” “Those who had been obese in the past were perceived as less attractive than those who had always been thin, despite having identical height and weight.”
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