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SIGNS OF BEING LABELED

Stigmas against the overweight are becoming more and more common. Often stigmatizing takes the form of:

  • Teasing
  • Inaccurate or hurtful representations like "overweight people are lazy"
  • Self-stimgas — characterized by accepting the prejudiced perceptions held by others.

Stigmas turn into discrimination, when they are acted upon. When the "fat" girl is not picked to play in a sporting event because of perceived issues associated with her weight, she's being discriminated against.

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