One in three gay men have experienced ‘anti-fat bias’

Joe Williams February 3, 2016
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More than one third of gay men have been treated badly due to their weight, results of a new survey show.

One in three gay men have experienced ‘anti-fat bias,’ according to a recent study published in Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.

Out of the 215 participants who took part in the study, more than one third reported directly experiencing anti-fat bias – even though many of them were not overweight using body mass index (BMI) guidelines.

One in three gay men have experienced ‘anti-fat bias’

The most common type of bias based on weight reported was rejection by potential partners.

Researchers say that both experiencing and witnessing anti-fat bias was associated with several types of body image disturbance – such as body dysmorphia and eating disorders.

A later study also found that gay men reported a greater likelihood of being blatantly ignored, treated rudely or mocked behind his back by friends and romantic interests if overweight.

“These studies suggest that anti-fat bias is a challenge for many members of the gay community, even those who are not technically overweight,” the study concluded.

“Additionally, gay men expect other gay men to show these anti-fat biases when looking for a romantic partner.”

Discrimination within the gay community caused further debate recently, as a new hashtag aimed at highlighting racism between gay men trended on Twitter.

One in three gay men have experienced ‘anti-fat bias’

Users of the hashtag #TweetLikeAWhiteGay accused certain members of the gay community of condemning prejudice, whilst simultaneously discriminating against other minorities, especially on hook-up apps.

Others ridiculed “privileged, white” gay men for appropriating language and style from the very minorities whose plight they continue to ignore.

More: anti-fat, bias, Discrimination, Health, LGBT

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