Weight loss methods attract stigma

People who achieve weight loss through surgery such as gastric bypass are seen less favourably than those who have dieted and exercised.

While people who have lost weight are viewed favourably in general, those who have undergone surgery retain the stereotypes of obesity and are more often considered lazy or lacking willpower.

In the University of New South Wales study, 73 students were given varying explanations of a woman’s weight loss and were asked to answer questions regarding her personality and behavioural traits. Those who were told the woman lost weight through surgery were more likely to judge her negatively.

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