About Us  |  Contact Us  |  Español
VNA of Care New England
VNA of Care New England

Weight Discrimination Increases Obesity Risk

Discrimination appears not to motivate people to lose weight
THURSDAY, July 25 (HealthDay News) -- Instead of motivating people to lose weight, weight discrimination may increase the risk of becoming or remaining obese, according to a study published online July 24 in PLOS ONE.
Angelina R. Sutin, Ph.D., and Antonio Terracciano, Ph.D., from the Florida State University College of Medicine in Tallahassee, analyzed data from 6,157 community-dwelling residents of the United States (50 years and older) whose height and weight were measured in 2006 and 2010 and who were surveyed for experience with discrimination.
The researchers found that after adjusting for age, sex, ethnicity, education, and baseline body mass index, those who reported weight discrimination were significantly more likely to become obese at follow-up (odds ratio, 2.54). Similarly, those who reported weight discrimination and were obese at baseline were significantly more likely to remain obese (odds ratio, 3.20). In contrast, other forms of discrimination, such as discrimination based on sex or race, were not associated with obesity risk.
"Weight discrimination, which is often justified because it is thought to help encourage obese individuals to lose weight, can actually have the opposite effect: it is associated with the development and maintenance of obesity," Sutin and Terracciano conclude.
Full Text (http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0070048 )
Health Headlines
If Kids Think Someone's Watching, They're More Likely to Wash Their HandsView in a lightbox
Spring Cleaning Safety TipsView in a lightbox
Ragwitek Approved for Adult Ragweed AllergyView in a lightbox
Restaurants in Poor Areas Push Unhealthy Foods, Study FindsView in a lightbox
Certain Sedatives Tied to Breathing Problems in Older COPD PatientsView in a lightbox
VNA of Care New England
© 2011 Site Index | Disclaimer | Legal Notices