Newsmaker: Pagoto on ‘weight discrimination’ in Boston Globe, NECN

By Lisa M. Larson

UMass Medical School Communications

May 14, 2013

Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, was interviewed by the Boston Globe and New England Cable News recently on retailer Abercrombie & Fitch’s decision not to carry extra-large clothing sizes and what message that might send to image-conscious teenagers.

The National Eating Disorders Association spoke out against the decision last week, encouraging shoppers to boycott the stores.

Dr. Pagoto said the store is practicing weight discrimination, and should not be supported.

“It’s important to understand that if you buy something from a company that has a certain attitude, you’re supporting that attitude yourself,” Pagoto told the Globe. “You’re saying this is what I’m all about.”

Read the Globe story here:

Watch the NECN show: