What are some stereotypes about overweight people?

Caroline M. Apovian, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
There are very negative stereotypes of overweight people attributed to them just because of their body type. In this video, weight loss specialist Caroline Apovian, MD, describes these stereotypes and how they impact the lives of obese people.
Like it or not, most of us make unfair or unwarranted assumptions about overweight people. There are stereotypes about obesity in our culture, and research has shown that people believe overweight and obese people are:
  • lazy
  • less intelligent
  • not successful
  • unattractive
  • not likely to be in a relationship
We demonize the overweight, and when it comes to people who are morbidly overweight (weight in excess of 500 or 600 pounds), we view them as oddities.

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