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The Psychological Impact of Weight Concerns Differs Between the Sexes

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Linda Korman, MD, a family physician who specializes in weight management, says, "It's exactly what I've seen in my medical practice. Depression is very common in obese women. I feel that depression has a lot to do with the expectations society has of women -- our society is so driven by thinness for women. ... Women must learn to strive to have a healthier body weight, not just an ideal weight." Korman is also affiliated with the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

"I also feel there's such a prejudice against obese individuals. ... Do we poke fun at people with diabetes or cancer? Of course not. So why can we be allowed to make fun of obese individuals? We have to bring obesity into the realm of a medical disorder," says Korman.

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