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Weight prejudice shows up in doctors’ practices
Sacramento Bee

Stigma, prejudice and bias have been themes in the news. Recently, commentators speculated about the Supreme Court decisions about affirmative action and gay marriage – policies that seek to assure equal treatment under the law. But biases cannot be legislated or outlawed – they are, after all, how we feel.

One group that suffers greatly from bias and discrimination is fat people. By the way, I would normally not call a large person “fat” because it sounds pejorative, but I am told by my fat friends that they prefer the term “fat” to medical terms like obese, or to euphemisms like large-size, overweight, chubby or “of great proportions.”