Weight Bias in Racial and Ethnic Groups
Understanding Weight Bias in Communities of Color
The United States is a melting pot of different ethnic groups and the country’s ethnic landscape keeps growing every year. Understanding the differences between ethnic groups and their experiences is crucial to building a better world. However, trying to understand the differences among other cultural groups can be difficult if you are not part of that group.
To better understand how weight bias is affected by one’s background/cultural experience, the Obesity Action Coalition recently placed surveys among four U.S. groups: all adults, Black/African American adults, Latino/Hispanic adults, and Asian/Pacific Islander adults. Here are some of the key findings:
In order to be a part of the solution, we must first understand where bias comes from, how it is formed, and how it is experienced. Learning how weight bias affects communities of color is an important step to pushing equality forward and building a better world – free of weight bias.
What can I do to #StopWeightBias ?
1. Ask yourself if you hold negative opinions about people with excess weight. If so, remember obesity is a complex disease with multiple causes including genetic, biological, and other noncontrollable factors.
2. Challenge people who express negative opinions about people with excess weight.
3. Be Part of the Solution. With your help, we can build a better world, free of weight bias. We deserve a world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
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