Weighty Issues

In the latest news about women hating their bodies, a study out of UPenn reports that women often bypass medical procedures from routine check-ups to mammograms for fear of having to step on a scale in front of others. The thought of having to be weighed in a hallway or under the potentially-judgmental eyes of a nurse is enough to make women not see a doctor, even if they need help. The heavier the woman, the study found, the more likely she is to avoid a medical office; not surprisingly,overweight women may be prone to greater health risks because they are less likely to get preventative care they need. [NYT]