Fat Bias, Mental Health, and More

By Rachel Walden — March 31, 2008

The New York Times has recently published several items that may be of interest to OBOS readers:

Fat Bias Worse for Women – The Well Blog points to a study in the International Journal of Obesity in which researchers surveyed adults about their experience of discrimination based on weight and height, gender, race, and other factors. Perhaps not surprisingly (yet still disappointingly), women reported more height/weight-based discrimination than did men.

The Murky Politics of Mind-Body – This piece reviews a bill passed in the House to make insurers provide equivalent coverage for mental health as for physical health, and the resulting debate over what should be covered and why.

Students of Virginity – This lengthy piece in Sunday’s Magazine profiles a Harvard student advocating abstinence on campus.

Study Finds Many Patients Dissatisfied With Hospitals – You can read the piece for an introduction, and then compare measures at your own local hospitals using http://www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov/.

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