Weight dis­crim­i­na­tion may cut short your life

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Leisure -

Vic­tims of weight dis­crim­i­na­tion have a greater risk of dy­ing early not be­cause they may be over­weight, but be­cause of the ap­par­ent ef­fects of the dis­crim­i­na­tion, says a new study.

The re­sults con­firm pre­vi­ous stud­ies that had in­di­cated that teas­ing a per­son to lose weight has the op­po­site ef­fect over the long- term.

“In­de­pen­dent of what their body mass in­dex ac­tu­ally is, weight dis­crim­i­na­tion is as­so­ci­ated with in­creased risk of mor­tal­ity,” said one of the re­searchers of the new study An­gelina Sutin, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor at Florida State Univer­sity Col­lege of Medicine in the US.

The re­searchers ex­am­ined data in­volv­ing more than 18,000 peo­ple from sep­a­rate stud­ies, com­par­ing those who re­ported ex­pe­ri­enc­ing weight dis­crim­i­na­tion with those who did not.

They found that in­di­vid­u­als re­port­ing weight dis­crim­i­na­tion had a 60% greater chance of dy­ing over the fol­low- up pe­riod.

“To our knowl­edge, this is the first time that that weight dis­crim­i­na­tion is as­so­ci­ated with an in­creased risk of mor­tal­ity,” An­to­nio Ter­rac­ciano, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at Col­lege of Medicine’s Depart­ment of Geri­atrics, noted.

“Some peo­ple think, ‘ Oh, well, you are just hurt­ing some­body’s feel­ings when you say some­thing

Weight dis­crim­i­na­tion is as­so­ci­ated with in­creased risk of mor­tal­ity

bad about their weight, but it will mo­ti­vate them to lose weight, which will save their life,” Sutin said.

Con­trary to such be­liefs, in ad­di­tion to the psy­cho­log­i­cal ef­fects, weight­ism in­creases the risk of weight gain and pre­ma­ture mor­tal­ity, Sutin pointed out.

“Our re­search has shown that very clearly this type of ap­proach does not work and there are re­ally se­ri­ous con­se­quences to it,” Sutin said. The study was pub­lished in the jour­nal Psy­cho­log­i­cal Sci­ence.

An­gelina Sutin, re­searcher

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