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Obes Facts. 2017;10(2):101-111. doi: 10.1159/000456012. Epub 2017 Apr 7.

Public Support for Weight-Related Antidiscrimination Laws and Policies.

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Integrated Research and Treatment Center AdiposityDiseases, University of Leipzig Medical Center, Leipzig, Germany.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Weight-related discrimination is prevalent and associated with health impairments for those who are targeted, which underscores the need of antidiscrimination legislation. This study is the first to examine public support of weight-related antidiscrimination laws or policies in Germany, compared to the US and Iceland.

METHODS:

In a representative German population sample (N = 2,513), public support for general and employment-specific weight-related antidiscrimination policies, weight-based victimization, and weight bias internalization were measured through established self-report questionnaires.

RESULTS:

Half of the German population sample agreed with antidiscrimination policies. General antidiscrimination laws received lower support than employment-specific laws. Support for policies considering obesity a physical disability was greatest in Germany, whereas support for employment-specific antidiscrimination laws was lower in Germany than in the US and Iceland. Total support for weight-related antidiscrimination policies was significantly predicted by lower age, female gender, obese weight status, residence in West Germany, church membership, and readiness to vote in elections.

CONCLUSION:

German support for weight-related antidiscrimination policies is moderate. Increasing awareness about weight-related discrimination and laws prohibiting this behavior may help to promote policy acceptance.

KEYWORDS:

Antidiscrimination laws; Discrimination; Obesity; Public support; Stigma

PMID:
28384631
PMCID:
PMC5644911
DOI:
10.1159/000456012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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