The quote says "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" but a recent study suggests that others view, and judge, us based solely on our outer appearance. An article in Glamour magazine suggests that the way we look outwardly leads people who may not know us to form opinions about our personalities. For example, the article explains that overweight women are percieved as lazy, sloppy, smelly, and slow even if they are none of the above. Likewise, thin women are more likely to be viewed as mean, snobby, controlling, and and conceited.
Even the "good" stereotypes associated with weight aren't even positive. Heavier women are thought to be more giving while thinner women ambitious. The article goes on to cite Disney movies as proof this deeply rooted bias is engrained in our psyche from an early age. Those conducting the study demonstrate the plump fairy godmother from Cinderella as one example. The fairy godmother falls into the category as giving but Malificent, from Sleeping Beauty, is skinny and therefore cruel, heartless, and vain.
“I’ve been judged for being too thin and too fat,” says Nikki Nemeyer, a nurse in Florida, who at 5'10" has swung between 115 and 235 pounds. “You’re either a self-centered bitch who is starving herself, or a slob with no willpower who’s eating everything in sight.”
As a student of psychology school, why do you think we do this?