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    There is some basis to this. While in nursing school, I packed on 45 lbs. There was a definite difference in the way society interacted with me. On the flip side, I was miserable and not the happy go lucky person I usually was. So I can see both sides of that argument. Now using grant money on this.....well, I just don't know about that.
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    @PoliticalSpice It's too early.... what I should have clarified was people are harsher in their interactions with the heavyset. It is possible for them to be "found guilty" in this experiment.
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    @Rocker I'm just lucky I'm not a woman, I'd be in jail about 30 pounds ago. They should have a court tv show for these criminals, where judge judy would Sentence yhrm to loose thirty pounds and get a makeover.
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    Ok...1st) Was this Yale study performed using MY blankity blank blank tax dollars? You have got to be kidding me! 2nd) Is this really news worthy? 3rd) Sounds like Yale has ran out of study material -OR- someone at Yale has a little obese fetish. 4th) Is this really news worthy? >>>Moving on now.....have bigger fish to fry!!
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    I would say yes and look at the obvious. NASCAR doesn't hire heavy set drivers like Buddy Baker, Yarbourough, and Rick Mast. No you've got to be cute-appealing to the eye. doesn't matter if you can drive-just be cute. Look at the country music scene. If your a female just stick your chest out, look cute and let the computer do the rest. Same for the long hair, earing wearing guys. Ain't none of them ever lived a country life but it's the appeal that has brainwashed America. A woman who is overweight is made fun of. I see it all the time. Respect for each other as individuals is dying across America because our morals are in the trash with yesterday's news. They didn't need a study to confirm this. All they had to do was to look at job interviewers, public treatment on buses, watch TV and see how many obese women are actresses. When was the last time you saw a blockbuster chick flick that involved an obese woman as the star? This is really not news but a common occurance in our society.
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    Obese women also face discrimination during the hiring process. We may be a country of overweight, out-of-shape couch potatoes but we still have a base human instinct that says tall, fit and beautiful is superior.
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    Just guess here but I think the assumption may come from the fact that if your won't respect yourself by becoming overweight that feeling somehow translates that you don't respect laws either. A rather flawed and uneducated assumption me thinks.
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    That, unfortunately, is the attitude that the always-thin (have never been overweight in their life) usually have towards the overweight. It's quite the most shallow thing I've ever heard of.
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    Don't care about this study. I would like to see a study on the possible correlation to obesity and welfare.
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    The American medical association says that 95% of obesity is preventable and that obesity is today, the number one preventable killer in America. They further blame obesity as the most common factor for the appalling escalating health care costs. Tobacco is number two. We as Americans seem to think we can do anything we like and nobody is supposed to say a word about it. Yet everyone else is supposed to pay for it. I've heard morbidly obese, monster belly men stand around bitching about welfare people. While chain smoking. The same exact people who claim they don't cost society anything in fact do.

    I flew on a plane from Frankfurt Germany to Los Angeles. 14 hours between two obese women who could not contain their fat in their own chairs. I won't go into that horror story of when the air conditioning went south but I want to know what gives obese people the right to fall over into my seat? I spent most the 14 hours standing.

    The Airlines did a study and estimate that it takes an addition 300 million dollars in additional jet fuel to get planes off the ground due to obesity increases over the decade from 1997 to 2007. We do pay for that.

    Ever go to an all you can eat buffet? Notice how prices have drastically risen? I suppose the woman I saw who loaded up 7 plates on a tray FOR HERSELF, and then went back for 3 more plates, then went back for ice cream and pie might have have something to do with that. There was a pile of food around her chair on the floor. The entire restaurant was slack jawed at this display of gluttony. But not just because of her. Her entire party of 6 wasn't far behind.

    So do people suspect the obese might not be as honest or as detail oriented or as committed to success as they might be? Absolutely without question but with good cause. But I don't see how this study limited it to just women. Men are just as suspect in my book.
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    Hollywood and Madison Ave. in particular have stigmatized the overweight. It's just one more example of how bigotry is still encouraged in this country. I saw recently where the women's clothing industry wants to label size 6 and up "plus size". The standards being imposed on women are beyond unrealistic. They are downright unreasonable. Marilyn Monroe was a size 12. Today she would be considered obese.
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    Our parents taught that people do judge you by your appearance, so be mindful of how you present yourself. Our parents, grandparents, teachers, and peoplein the community taught all the children by their example to be polite, neat, respectful. What are todays children learning?
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    It doesn't suprise me, but it's certainly not because of discrimination. Watching your weight is a part of personal responsibilty. Keeping out of trouble is another. So there's going to be a lot of people who are both obese and in jail.
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    You must be thin and male. I switched my avatar back to my actual photo to make a point. Being overweight has nothing to do with personal responsibility or a criminal mentality. It is different for everyone. Your knee-jerk comment is an indication of the very attitude this study revealed.
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    @Denizen_Kate I didn't mean to offend you or anybody. Even my dad, who's obease, acknowleges my point here is true. All I said is criminals generally lack personal responsibility, and you're more likely to get fat if you are unresponsible. It does not mean that if you're overweight you're unresponsible.
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    @Denizen_Kate It's the same way black people are more likely to be criminals. It doesn't mean most Black people are; they aren't; it's simply fact that's worth acknowledging. Do you think it's discriminatory that four fifths of criminals are black?
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    @Politicskid - "Do you think it's discriminatory that four fifths of criminals are black?" Yes, I do in fact find that to be a discriminatory statement. Think of it this way: while it's true that most of the people in prison are black or another minority, it is also true that poverty is more a part of their lives than with most white people. Many of the crimes committed are either out of ignorance or poverty and wreckless need. Many of the people in our prisons are there for lack of a good attorney, as well as for a petty crime that probably should not even require jail time. Which is more likely to get pulled over and have their car checked for drugs, even if it turns out to be a small bag of cannabis? A group of white kids or a group of black kids? That's one example. I only ask that you think about discrimination before judging people for how they look, or for what they do.
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    @Denizen_Kate When did I say we should do that? All I'm saying that, because of the mass poverty in their demographic, black people are more likely to have committed crimes. Just as irresponsible criminals are more likely to be obese. We both aknowlege that; if it's discriminatory, you're being discriminatory too by giving reasons for it!
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    HMMM.....possible the overweight women ate them?(JK). Next study: Dental hygiene and heart disease both plummet when cannibalism is involved! Study was not completed due to consumption of the control group.....LOL
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    @Waynestew I think whoever had the post removed did, but as you can imagine from reading my comments, sometimes I just like to have fun and don't care what they think. I mean if someone is too slow too get that it is not like they could have had a meaningful debate otherwise!
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    Looks don't cause crimes. But good looks do open more doors of opportunity . Self esteem issues can lead to mental health problems that lead to erratic behavior.
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    Not knowing what facts that were presented with the pictures makes answering this question impractical, if the folks finding guilt did so based on the pictures only, that would make them ignorant.
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