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Obesity-based prejudice: Most say it occurs at least somewhat often in dating, work, and health care

Recent advances in the development of weight loss drugs have brought discussions about weight to the forefront of public conversation. A new YouGov poll explores what Americans think about the causes of obesity, the link between obesity and health, weight-based prejudice, and the appropriateness of certain terms and conversations related to obesity. The poll finds that 72% of Americans believe there is an obesity epidemic in the United States and that 71% say that they personally know someone who is obese, including 19% who identify as obese. The results also show that most Americans believe that people who are obese experience discrimination in a variety of settings, including dating, the job market, and the health care system. Consistent with this, many people who are obese report experiencing prejudice in these settings, particularly in the realm of health care.

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