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An edited transcript of the conversation appears below. In the United States in the last 50 years, obesity [rates] have tripled. A lot of the prior research has looked at the health and economic consequences for our health care system.
What have received much less attention are the interpersonal and social costs. My research looks at how people who are obese are discriminated against, and perceived differently within a workplace setting. People are discriminating in a way that we see obese people as less competent than non-obese people. One of the things we find Up tonight looking for fun that this is a bias; that is, we can separate actual competence from perceived competence and we see that people judge obese people unfairly.
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That might mean changing the way we interview or Camporcher people. The second set of implications is for people themselves — those targets. When we convey our warmth for our family, our friends, our co-workers — it really matters.
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And what we find is that it matters in particular for people who are obese and might be targets of discrimination otherwise. In our research we looked at people in basically two categories.
We focused our contrasts on people who were a normal size and people who were an obese size. By normal, we mean we looked at median statistics within the United States. Those heavier weights are classified as obese.Old Women In * Fiesch
But they also held even if we just presented people with text. So, we showed people resume information, and all they could see were just numbers neede height and weight].
And they still had these visceral and emotional reactions to obesity. The biases we have against overweight people are different than the biases we have against other categories [of people]. For example, we know that there is discrimination based upon race, ethnicity, religion Overweight Champorcher needs a night out sexual orientation. The bias against overweight people, I think, is particularly pernicious because it is judged to be acceptable. You violated this Protestant ethic against gluttony and that was your choice.
The first thing is to be aware that this is a potential bias — and to recognize that as we judge other people, we may judge obese people more harshly.Sexy Cougar At Los Angeles Post Office
What we find in our research is a very consistent bias perceiving obese people to be less competent. And I think the first thing we can do is recognize it.
For those of us that are a little bit heavier, we need to think about not just the health benefits, but now also the career and interpersonal benefits, otu losing weight.
And the importance of demonstrating warmth.
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The most obvious story in the news that relates to this research, or the one that certainly hits me first, are stories about Chris Christie. When he wanted to run for President, there was a lot of news regarding his weight.
He is just too fat. We root our work in a bias content model where we look at perceptions of other people based upon two dimensions — warmth and competence.
And so, obesity, we find, is one trigger that signals perceptions need low competence.
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But there are others. For example, there are groups like the elderly who are also perceived to be low in competence. What we find is that people who are perceived to be low competence could be discriminated against, but that social perception is really a labile, changeable construct.
Our research is the first to embed social perceptions of obesity within a broader theoretical framework. What this framework allows us to do is explore how perceptions can change. We developed testable predictions and tested those to show that things like warmth, for example, can shift in a predictable way the reactions that we get — both the perceptions and the behavior consequences that follow those perceptions.
You can imagine somebody who loses weight both through a surgical operation or by diet and Overweight Champorcher needs a night out — we might perceive people differently as a function of how they lost weight and if they lost weight.
So, I think there are a lot of questions going forward that we could fruitfully explore. Even though awareness has increased, many workplaces are still struggling to create effective policies to address rapidly changing societal norms on gender.
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