Being plus-sized and happy depends on where you live: Study

Being plus-sized and happy  depends on where you live: Study (Fotolia)

Being plus-sized and happy depends on where you live: Study (Fotolia)

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, Last Updated: 12:38 PM ET

 

Being plus-sized will only negatively affect someone's satisfaction with life if they live somewhere where most people are skinny, a new study says.

The University of Colorado-Boulder study looked at a sample of more than 1.3 million people in the U.S.

"The most interesting finding for us was that, in U.S. counties where obesity is particularly prevalent, being obese has very little negative effect on one's life satisfaction," study co-author Philip M. Pendergast said.

"In addition, we found that being 'normal weight' has little benefit in counties where obesity is especially common. This illustrates the importance of looking like the people around you when it comes to satisfaction with life."

Pendergast said obesity itself doesn't cause people psychological harm, but "society's response to or stigmatization of those that are different from what is seen as normal" does.


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