Weight discrimination as common as racial discrimination, study says

April 1, 2008 2:33:53 PM PDT
It only takes a modest weight gain for a woman to experience weight discrimination, but men can gain far more weight before experiencing similar bias.

The notion that society is less tolerant of weight gain in women than men is one of the findings suggested in a study published in the International Journal of Obesity.

The study found that women appear to be at risk for discrimination at far lower weights relative to their body size than men.

The study also showed that weight discrimination, particularly against women, is as common as racial discrimination.