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It’s time to end this socially acceptable prejudice.

Canadians living with obesity face widespread weight bias and weight-based discrimination from strangers, educators, employers, health professionals, media and even friends and family.

Weight bias refers to negative attitudes and views about obesity and about people with obesity.

Experiencing weight bias can have negative consequences for individuals, including feelings of shame and blame, anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem and body dissatisfaction that can lead to unhealthy weight-control practices.

Weight stigma refers to social stereotypes and misconceptions about obesity. These social stereotypes and misconceptions include beliefs that people with obesity are lazy, awkward, sloppy, non-compliant, unintelligent, unsuccessful and lacking self-discipline or self-control.

*What causes weight bias and discrimination?

*Weight bias and stigma can lead to weight discrimination. This is when we enact our personal biases and the social stereotypes about obesity and treat people with obesity unfairly.

*The unfair treatment that people with obesity face is called obesity stigmatization or weight discrimination.

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