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Overweight as Social Deviance and Disability
George L. Maddox, Kurt W. Back and Veronica R. Liederman
Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Vol. 9, No. 4, Special Issue on Patients and Illness (Dec., 1968), pp. 287-298
Published by: American Sociological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2948537
Page Count: 12
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Fatness as a characteristic of self or others tends to evoke negative affect and rejection in the United States. Various samples, selected to include individuals most likely to be indifferent to normative preference for leanness or to value fatness, are shown to consider a fat child as less likeable than children with recognized physical disabilities in a picture ranking task. Fatness in self is also shown to be related to elevated actual-ideal discrepancy among overweight individuals and to a tendency to perceive oneself as not fat. Fat individuals are imputed to be responsible for their condition, a factor which intensifies the negative affect and affects interaction in both social and medical contexts.
Journal of Health and Social Behavior © 1968 American Sociological Association