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Overweight people stressed by being called fat will eat more, study says

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(Read caption) Calling people fat discourages weight loss, a study found. In fact, they may eat more. Doughnuts are fried in cooking oil in New York, Feb. 24, 2012.

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“Fat shaming” and weight discrimination, be it from Abercrombie & Fitch or your university professor, are not the ways to help people shape up physically, socially, or academically according to a report published this week in the journal PLoS ONE.

“Weight discrimination, in addition to being hurtful and demeaning, has real consequences for the individual’s physical health,” says study author Angelina Sutin, a psychologist and assistant professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine in Tallahassee, Fla., NBC reports.


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