Truth about being overweight and dating
"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.
"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.