Obesity: Pain and Prejudice
Unit VI Reflection Paper
In Chapter 11, we learn about stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. Although many forms
of negative bias are either socially frowned upon or legally outlawed, there may be one area in
which it is still acceptable to hold negative beliefs about people (and perhaps even act on these
beliefs): weight. Please watch the following video from Waldorf’s Films on Demand library, and
summarize your answers to the following questions in the form of a Reflection Paper:
Obesity: Pain and prejudice (1998). In Heart of the Matter. Retrieved from Films on Demand
1. What attributions do people tend to make regarding those who are overweight?
2. What evidence does this film present for the possibility of weight prejudice?
3. Based on your knowledge from this class, why might people be more willing to still express
negative beliefs towards the overweight?
4. Based on your personal opinion, should the overweight be legally protected from
Your response should be a minimum of two pages, double spaced, with Times New Roman 12
pt. font. Use appropriate APA style writing when crafting your response and when incorporating