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    Primum Non Nocere: Obesity Stigma and Public Health. [REVIEW]Lenny R. Vartanian & Joshua M. Smyth - 2013 - Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 10 (1):49-57.
    Several recent anti-obesity campaigns appear to embrace stigmatization of obese individuals as a public health strategy. These approaches seem to be based on the fundamental assumptions that (1) obesity is largely under an individual’s control and (2) stigmatizing obese individuals will motivate them to change their behavior and will also result in successful behavior change. The empirical evidence does not support these assumptions: Although body weight is, to some degree, under individuals’ personal control, there are a range of biopsychosocial barriers (...)
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    Prejudice Toward Individuals with Obesity: Evidence for a Pro-Effort Bias.Joanne R. Beames, Melissa J. Black & Lenny R. Vartanian - 2016 - Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied 22 (2):184-195.
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    Physiological and Self-Reported Disgust Reactions to Obesity.Lenny R. Vartanian, Tara Trewartha, Joanne R. Beames, Suzanna M. Azevedo & Eric J. Vanman - 2017 - Cognition and Emotion 32 (3):579-592.
    There is accumulating evidence that disgust plays an important role in prejudice toward individuals with obesity, but that research is primarily based on self-reported emotions. In four studies, we examined whether participants displayed a physiological marker of disgust in response to images of obese individuals, and whether these responses corresponded with their self-reported disgust to those images. All four studies showed the predicted self-reported disgust response toward images of obese individuals. Study 1 further showed that participants exhibited more levator activity (...)
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