July 18, 2013

Fat B-a-a-Ad, Thin G-O-O-O-Od

1 More Evidence: Americans Dislike Fat Folk

It's hardly a sociological secret, but new research at Bowling Green State University underscores the fact that Americans in general tend to form negative stereotypes about overweight persons and more positive stereotypes in the case of thin people. Subjects were shown two virtual human images, one male and one female, at four different BMI levels (18.5, 25, 30 and 40) and offered such agree/disagree statements as "People like this make me feel uncomfortable" and "I'd like to be friends with this someone like this." Despite the fact that 68 percent of U.S. adults are overweight, a striking number of people actively disliked the obese figures, especially those who considered body weight to be "controllable." Study subjects disliked the obese male and female figures equally.

More at Psmag.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Fat Acceptance, Attitudes Toward the Obese, Stereotyping by Weight, Anti-Fat Prejudice, Anti-Obese Feelings, Disliking Fat People

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Dozens More Remain Hospitalized

2 Tainted Food Kills 22 Children in India

Twenty-two children in India died after eating a free school-supplied lunch and dozens of others remain hospitalized. Officials say the cause was from cooking oil stored in a container that had been used for insecticides. School lunch programs, which now serve 120 million children in India, became universal after a 2001 order by India’s Supreme Court. The tragedy sheds light on the problems with India’s free school lunch program that has been plagued by mismanagement, cronyism and corruption. It also draws attention to the medical system which was overwhelmed and unable to tend to some of the patients. The local police are investigating. They are also searching for the school’s principal who bought the oil from a store owned by her husband and who has since disappeared.

More at NYTimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: 55 Illnesses, 8 Deaths Tied to Tainted Melons

Tags: Contaminated Food, Free Lunch, India, Tainted Food, School Children in India Die After Eating Tainted Food

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