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The Weight of Stigma: Heavier Patients Confront the Burden of Bias

Experiencing stigma alone is bad for a person’s health. It can contribute to anxiety, depression, and disordered eating and has direct physiological effects by increasing blood pressure, cortisol levels, inflammation, and fat deposition. Studies have shown that, ironically, people who experience anti-fat bias tend to gain more weight over time. And a2016 study of more […]