Study: Overweight Students Discriminated Against in College Admissions

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    Jul 11, 2013 9:02 PM GMT
    http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/07/11/study-finds-bias-favors-thinner-graduate-school-applicants

    Academics who interview graduate school applicants systematically favor thinner candidates, according to a study.

    By following the progress of 954 applications to postgraduate programs made by about 100 students, researchers at Bowling Green State University found that when face-to-face interviews are conducted, those with a higher body mass index are less likely to be offered a place.

    However, there is no significant difference in overweight candidates' success rates when applications are carried out by telephone interview only or when credentials are assessed remotely.

    Jacob Burmeister, one of the authors of "Weight Bias in Graduate School Admissions" and a doctoral candidate in Bowling Green State's department of psychology, said the findings suggested a bias on the part of those who meet potential postgraduates during recruitment.

    "There are two explanations. One is that there is some sort of conscious or unconscious prejudice on the part of those carrying out the interviews," he told Times Higher Education, based on their thinking that overweight candidates lack self-control or the capacity for hard work.
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    Jul 11, 2013 10:55 PM GMT
    I love these "water is wet" studies. I wish I had that kind of money to blow…
  • outbackdude

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    Jul 15, 2013 11:13 AM GMT
    Nothing new. A British media published a similar story about overweight people not getting jobs or promotions.
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    Jul 15, 2013 9:19 PM GMT
    With women, blacks, immigrants, and gays having equal rights, it can only be expected that fat folks are next on the list. However, I'm not so sure they can pull that off because being fat is preventable, while the other ones are not.
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    Jul 16, 2013 1:20 AM GMT
    You can also get better deals in the gym for being more attractive. icon_cool.gif
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    Jul 16, 2013 3:22 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidWith women, blacks, immigrants, and gays having equal rights, it can only be expected that fat folks are next on the list. However, I'm not so sure they can pull that off because being fat is preventable, while the other ones are not.


    Sometimes being fat is not preventable. In certain jurisdictions fatness is now considered a disability.
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    Jul 16, 2013 5:02 AM GMT
    whitedarwin said
    paulflexes saidWith women, blacks, immigrants, and gays having equal rights, it can only be expected that fat folks are next on the list. However, I'm not so sure they can pull that off because being fat is preventable, while the other ones are not.


    Sometimes being fat is not preventable. In certain jurisdictions fatness is now considered a disability.


    I have family members who are genetically predisposed for higher BMI. grandparents, great grandparents, and beyond from different parts of the world with the same heavy-set figure. Of course, it's easier to demonize and shame people for what they look like.

    Plus, being an immigrant is "preventable": just stay put! icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 16, 2013 6:51 PM GMT
    This is a good thing. Maybe it will encourage them to stop being bloblike eyesores.
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    Jul 16, 2013 6:58 PM GMT
    whitedarwin said
    paulflexes saidWith women, blacks, immigrants, and gays having equal rights, it can only be expected that fat folks are next on the list. However, I'm not so sure they can pull that off because being fat is preventable, while the other ones are not.


    Sometimes being fat is not preventable. In certain jurisdictions fatness is now considered a disability.


    Especially now that another manufacturer has agreed to resume production of Twinkies.
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    Jul 16, 2013 7:42 PM GMT
    Hasn't it always been common knowledge that people that take care of themselves tend to be more successful?
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    Jul 16, 2013 8:08 PM GMT
    Incendiary saidThis is a good thing. Maybe it will encourage them to stop being bloblike eyesores.
    Or encourage them to press their legislators to suspend corporate handouts for industries that peddle poison as food and profit off of a sick population and instead subsidize healthy, affordable foods in their neighborhoods.

    Or maybe people will continue to be bigots. Who knows?
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    Jul 16, 2013 10:47 PM GMT
    The_Guruburu said
    whitedarwin said
    paulflexes saidWith women, blacks, immigrants, and gays having equal rights, it can only be expected that fat folks are next on the list. However, I'm not so sure they can pull that off because being fat is preventable, while the other ones are not.


    Sometimes being fat is not preventable. In certain jurisdictions fatness is now considered a disability.


    I have family members who are genetically predisposed for higher BMI. grandparents, great grandparents, and beyond from different parts of the world with the same heavy-set figure. Of course, it's easier to demonize and shame people for what they look like.

    Plus, being an immigrant is "preventable": just stay put! icon_razz.gif
    I'm also genetically predisposed to have a higher BMI. Take the 70 lbs I lost for example...it only took me 3 years to gain that much, and it was steadily increasing.

    I did what any fat person should do: Start exercising more and eating healthier. Sure they may not become totally ripped, but it IS possible for ANYONE to maintain a healthy weight. The ONLY excuse for not doing so is laziness.
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    Jul 16, 2013 10:59 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    The_Guruburu said
    whitedarwin said
    paulflexes saidWith women, blacks, immigrants, and gays having equal rights, it can only be expected that fat folks are next on the list. However, I'm not so sure they can pull that off because being fat is preventable, while the other ones are not.


    Sometimes being fat is not preventable. In certain jurisdictions fatness is now considered a disability.


    I have family members who are genetically predisposed for higher BMI. grandparents, great grandparents, and beyond from different parts of the world with the same heavy-set figure. Of course, it's easier to demonize and shame people for what they look like.

    Plus, being an immigrant is "preventable": just stay put! icon_razz.gif
    I'm also genetically predisposed to have a higher BMI. Take the 70 lbs I lost for example...it only took me 3 years to gain that much, and it was steadily increasing.

    I did what any fat person should do: Start exercising more and eating healthier. Sure they may not become totally ripped, but it IS possible for ANYONE to maintain a healthy weight. The ONLY excuse for not doing so is laziness.

    So what do you say to people who are athletes, have dieted all their lives, and even underwent risky surgery to get thin, but they still are still considered (visibly) fat? What more must they do prove they are NOT "lazy" in your grand view?
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    Jul 16, 2013 11:11 PM GMT
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    paulflexes said
    The_Guruburu said
    whitedarwin said
    paulflexes saidWith women, blacks, immigrants, and gays having equal rights, it can only be expected that fat folks are next on the list. However, I'm not so sure they can pull that off because being fat is preventable, while the other ones are not.


    Sometimes being fat is not preventable. In certain jurisdictions fatness is now considered a disability.


    I have family members who are genetically predisposed for higher BMI. grandparents, great grandparents, and beyond from different parts of the world with the same heavy-set figure. Of course, it's easier to demonize and shame people for what they look like.

    Plus, being an immigrant is "preventable": just stay put! icon_razz.gif
    I'm also genetically predisposed to have a higher BMI. Take the 70 lbs I lost for example...it only took me 3 years to gain that much, and it was steadily increasing.

    I did what any fat person should do: Start exercising more and eating healthier. Sure they may not become totally ripped, but it IS possible for ANYONE to maintain a healthy weight. The ONLY excuse for not doing so is laziness.

    So what do you say to people who are athletes, have dieted all their lives, and even underwent risky surgery to get thin, but they still are still considered (visibly) fat? What more must they do prove they are NOT "lazy" in your grand view?
    Paleo - it's impossible to gain weight/fat with that eating process (I refuse to call it a 'diet' because it's nothing more than abolishing processed b/s from your diet).