Other researchers looking at mate choices in undergraduates found that thin males are less likely to view formerly obese individuals as potential mates.
In surveys looking at college-age participants, overweight individuals are often less likely to be chosen as sexual partners when compared with those who are thinner.
In qualitative studies of middle-aged overweight individuals, the most upsetting comments about obesity tend to come from friends (followed closely by comments from parents, strangers, and spouses).
Studies showed that people who have had this kind of surgery tend to be rated as lazier, less competent, and less social than people who are seen as having lost weight by more conventional means.
People who have had bariatric surgery also tend to be seen as less attractive and less healthy, especially by female raters.
Not only do most of these studies focus on females, but there has been relatively little attention paid to the kind of bias attached to other forms of weight loss, i.e., use of diet pills.
But a new study published in the journal presents the results of a comprehensive study examining weight bias towards the formerly obese and how it related to romantic choices. Carels of East Carolina University and a team of fellow researchers recruited a large sample of undergraduate students (318 men, 379 women) to take part in a survey using the online questionnaire platform, Qualtrics.
According to Carels and his fellow researchers, these results suggest that the stigma surrounding obesity extends even to formerly obese people, largely due to the perception that weight loss is only temporary.
As well, people who rely on diet pills or surgery for weight loss are often seen as having less discipline and being more prone to resuming their formerly unhealthy lifestyles. due to the perception that weight loss is only temporary." I keep reading article after article asserting, via research, that weight loss is normally temporary.
It's hardly a surprise that people who are obese face considerable discrimination.