Is There Bias & Discrimination Against Military Personnel who are Overweight?

Research Paper Title

Bias and discrimination against men with overweight in the military.

Background

Research on weight-bias against men and/or in the military is scarce.

Such a bias might cause some military members, who are otherwise fit to perform their duties, to suffer from discrimination and undue stress.

Methods

The researchers showed military personnel a picture of a soldier who had either normal weight or overweight.

In both conditions, the description of the soldier stated that his physical fitness and job-related skills were good.

Results

Nonetheless, the soldier’s suitability for promotion was rated lower in the overweight condition.

Conclusions

These findings improve our understanding of the impact of bias on the mental and physical health of men with overweight.

Reference

Christian, A., Parekh, B. & Koritzky, G. (2020) Bias and discrimination against men with overweight in the military. Health Psychology Open. 7(2):2055102920985374. doi: 10.1177/2055102920985374. eCollection Jul-Dec 2020.

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