More than HALF of overweight people say they are prejudiced because of their size – mainly from their own FAMILY
- Research found that more than half of overweight people are stigmatized because of their size
- They said relatives were the main source of prejudice about their weight
- Researchers also found that respondents were more likely to avoid health care gezondheidszorg
- Nearly 14,000 people in six countries – including the US and UK – took part
More than half of overweight people suffer from prejudice because of their size, according to a new study, and their own family members are the biggest culprits.
Researchers also found that those who suffered from weight stigma were more likely to avoid health care because of a perceived lack of respect from doctors.
During childhood and adolescence, respondents said they had the most prejudice.
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Stigma: More than half of overweight people suffer from prejudice because of their size, making them more likely to avoid health care and doctors (stock)
In the UK, obesity is a fairly common problem, estimated to affect up to a quarter of adults and a fifth of children.
The NHS explained: ‘It is very important to take steps to tackle obesity because, in addition to causing obvious physical changes, it can lead to a number of serious and potentially life-threatening conditions.
‘These include: type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, some cancers such as breast and colon cancer, and stroke.
“Obesity can also affect your quality of life and lead to psychological problems, such as depression and low self-esteem.”
In the study, researchers at the University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity sought to understand whether overweight and obese people feel stigmatized based on their weight.
Nearly 14,000 overweight people from six different countries – Australia, Canada, France, the US, Germany and the UK – took part in the study.
More than three-quarters (76-88 percent) said they suffered from weight stigma among family members, while classmates were the next most common (72-81 percent), then doctors (63-74 percent), colleagues (54 percent) . -62 percent), and finally friends (49-66 percent).
“The fact that family members are such a common source of stigma in these countries points to a collective need to address stigma within the family environment and to help families engage in more supportive communication with their loved ones,” said Rebecca Puhl, lead author. of the study.
“For many people, these experiences begin in childhood with parents and close relatives, and they can last for many years and have long-term negative consequences.”
The results also showed that in all six countries, those with higher self-blame for their weight were more likely to avoid health care, had less frequent checkups, and perceived the quality of their health care as less.
Dr. Puhl added: ‘Our results also provide a compelling reason to step up international efforts to reduce weight bias among medical professionals.
“We must prioritize efforts to create a culture of care that is free from stigma, and we must also work together to develop supportive interventions to help people when they experience this stigma.”
More information about the study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, can be found here.
Obesity: ADULTS WITH A BMI OVER 30 ARE REGARDED AS Obese
Obesity is defined as an adult with a BMI of 30 or higher.
A healthy person’s BMI – calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by height in meters, and the answer again by height – is between 18.5 and 24.9.
In children, obesity is defined as being in the 95th percentile.
Percentiles compare young people with others of the same age.
For example, if a three-month-old child is in the 40th percentile for weight, that means 40 percent of the three-month-old weighs the same or less than that baby.
About 58 percent of women and 68 percent of men in the UK are overweight or obese.
The condition costs the NHS around £6.1 billion each year, out of its estimated budget of £124.7 billion.
This is because obesity increases a person’s risk of a number of life-threatening conditions.
Such conditions include type 2 diabetes, which can cause kidney disease, blindness, and even limb amputations.
Research suggests that at least one in six hospital beds in the UK is occupied by a diabetic.
Obesity also increases the risk of heart disease, which kills 315,000 people in the UK every year – making it the leading cause of death.
Carrying dangerous amounts of weight has also been linked to 12 different cancers.
This includes breast, which affects one in eight women at some point in their lives.
In children, research suggests that 70 percent of obese youth have high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol, which puts them at risk for heart disease.
Obese children are also significantly more likely to become obese adults.
And if children are overweight, their obesity in adulthood is often more severe.
As many as one in five children in the UK attend school who are overweight or obese, rising to one in three by the time they turn 10.