Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Losing the weight not enough?

Hello everyone!

As most of us already know, society does not look kindly upon obese women in general. How about when the obese women lose the weight? Do they get treated any better?

An article I read says "not really."

According to the article, a study was done where young men and women were asked to read about different women- some who have lost 70 pounds, some who were thin their whole lives, some who were at an average weight, and those who are currently obese. 

They then asked the subjects their opinions on the women in various aspects, including their attractiveness.  

"We were surprised to find that currently thin women were viewed differently depending on their weight history,"  Janet Latner of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, said. "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."

Women who had lost weight in general also were looked down  upon compared to women who had stable weights, even if the stable-weighted woman was currently obese. 

So this goes to show how strong the anti-obesity attitude is, even toward people who did something about it.  I think it's terrible, as if once you gain weight, you're labeled for life even if you make changes.

What do you think about this article? How do you feel about people who were once obese?


1 comment:

  1. mmm....very sad. but women who were full figured were once appreciated as the most beautiful in society, so hopefully society can one day evolve to just appreciate people for being people and beauty as meaning more than one thing.