Truth about being overweight and dating

29-Jul-2016 08:17

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"Fat women are deemed that they could be [attractive], but they lack the control to do so.

"Women are generally judged more harshly for not meeting attractiveness standards," an age-old truth that may be changing in recent decades, Fikkan said.

The gender gap would seem to suggest beauty, not flab, is causing the prejudice.

Smith agrees that women face a high beauty mandate, meaning that unattractiveness is less socially acceptable in women than in men.

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"Fat women experience both the stigma of unattractiveness and the stigma that they lack control," writes researcher Christine A.Smith in a new literature review published online Jan. It's that perceived lack of self-discipline that leads to prejudice, said Smith, of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.