Brown's examination of fat stigma won't be entirely new to anyone who's been following the issue, but it's worth reiterating some of her most important points. One study showed that doctors had less respect for obese patients, meaning they spent less time with them and gave them less information. In another study, over half of doctors called obese patients "awkward, unattractive, ugly, and unlikely to comply with treatment." In addition to suffering indirectly because of doctor bias, obese people also feel the health effects of stigma in the form of chronic stress, which "can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes and other medical ills, many of them (surprise!) associated with obesity." And in the world of work, there's this disturbing anecdote:
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