Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Food Addiction Deflects Weight Bias?

A study in the June issue of Appetite examined the impact of the food-addiction model of obesity on weight stigma directed at obese people. Randomly assigned participants were asked to evaluate four stories of obese people.

The food-addiction model produced less stigma, less blame, and lower perceived psychopathology. The food-addiction model also produced less blame toward obese people in general and less fear of fat.

The finding suggests that presenting obesity as an addiction does not increase weight bias and could even be helpful in reducing the widespread prejudice against obese people.

What do you think? Would this be helpful?

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