Like it or not, skinny is the perceived standard for beauty in American society. Millions of Americans spend billions of dollars a year on diet and exercise products striving to obtain that standard. For those who donâ€™t come near to that standard, people who are overweight and obese there is new evidence that they are facing mounting discrimination and bias in the workplace and in everyday life. A new study by Yale Universityâ€™s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity suggests weight discrimination has jumped 66 percent since the mid 1990â€™s in every population group but the elderly. Perceived Weight bias is nearly as prevalent as race and gender bias according to the study.
Joining Ray is the lead author of the study, Dr. Rebecca Puhl,Â Director of Research and Anti-Stigma Initiatives at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University.
Later, CPTV's own Bette Blackwell talksÂ aboutÂ how people treated her differently after her weight loss surgery.
And Ray reads testimonials submitted by NPR listeners and subscribers to Obesityhelp.comÂ Obesityhealth.com is an online peer support community to help those faced with life threatening morbid obesity.