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How Being Overweight Makes It Harder to Get Ahead

Long considered a lifestyle disorder, Obesity is increasingly becoming a health concern for India, one that predisposes patients to many life threatening disorders.

While it requires surgical intervention for morbid cases, Obesity and its health implications are largely misunderstood. As an association of bariatric surgeons in India, OSSI aims to create & disseminate information on Obesity to educate & help not only the morbidly obese but also readers who may wish to learn more about this medical condition.

Our blog aims to facilitate knowledge & experience sharing on surgical treatments, new techniques and research for the advancement of bariatric treatments in India, with each article thoughtfully contributed.

Rising obesity rates are a global issue, but often the focus is on the serious health issues that come with being dangerously overweight. Less studied are the impacts of public perception. In a new paper, “The Affective and Interpersonal Consequences of Obesity,” Wharton operations and information management professor Maurice Schweitzer and Wharton doctoral candidate Emma E. Levine find that people who are obese are widely seen as less competent in a workplace setting than those who are of a normal weight. The paper is forthcoming in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

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