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‘Obesity is a Disease’ May Have Psychological Impact on Obese Individuals

Last year, the American Medical Association voted to recognize obesity as a disease but new research published in Psychological Science shows that this categorization may have psychological effects on obese individuals, The Huffington Post reports. 700 subjects had their BMI recorded and were asked to take surveys on their attitudes towards health and weight. They were then asked to read 1 of 3 articles, one of which categorized obesity as disease, one of which did not categorize it as a disease, and the third which was a standard article about weight. Researchers found that obese individuals “who read the article about obesity being a disease were less likely than others to report concern about weight or health-focused dieting, were more likely to choose a high-calorie option from a provided menu, and were more likely to report greater body satisfaction.”

Read the article published by The Huffington Post.

Read the study in Psychological Science.