Fat by Any Other Name
Studies have suggested that people undergoing clinical treatments for obesity do not like the term "obesity." We still do not know with exactitude why individuals prefer certain terms over others. For our study, we recruited university students to assess the desirability of 21 weight-related terms when: (1) the terms were used by a doctor to describe the participants' weight; (2) the terms were used by the participant to describe somebody else's weight; and (3) the term was used by a friend to describe the participant's own weight. The stigma around obesity is transmitted in everyday language, thus, knowing what terms are preferred by participants is extremely important. Using the wrong terminology could potentially hinder weight loss efforts and lead to stigmatizing results.
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