The Maintenance Library - Article - Fat Bias Worse for Women




Meg
04-01-2008, 04:09 AM
Not a surprise for any of us, I don't think, but a new study reports that weight discrimination starts for women as a much lower weight than it does for men:

Overall, the study showed that weight discrimination, particularly against women, is as common as racial discrimination. But the researchers also identified the amount of weight gain that triggers a discriminatory backlash. They found that women appear to be at risk for discrimination at far lower weights, relative to their body size, than men.

Based on body mass index, which is a measure of body fat based on height and weight, a normal weight is in the range of 18.5 to 24.9. The study found that women begin to experience noticeable weight bias such as problems at work or difficulty in personal relationships when they reach a body mass index, or B.M.I., of 27. For a 5-foot-5-inch woman, that means discrimination starts once she reaches a weight of 162 pounds or about 13 pounds more than her highest healthy weight, based on B.M.I. charts.

But the researchers found that men can bulk up far more without experiencing discrimination. Weight bias against men becomes noticeable when a man reaches a B.M.I. of 35 or higher. A 5-foot-9-inch man has a B.M.I. of 35 if he weighs 237 pounds or 68 pounds above his highest healthy weight.


Fat Bias Worse For Women (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/31/fat-bias-worse-for-women/)