I've never heard anyone try to defend the US when someone calls our country fat, but weight discrimination is certainly a hefty issue in this country. Women have been particularly mistreated and discriminated against because of extra pounds, and at considerably lower weights relative to their body size than men. Self-reported cases of weight discrimination show that women begin noticing a difference in the way they're treated when they're about 13 pounds overweight. Women reported workplace weight bias as well as mistreatment in their personal lives, and researchers found that this kind of discrimination is more common than discrimination against religious beliefs or ethnicity.
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