A new study shows that fat people in the United States suffer direct economic and social effects because of their size. The findings are from an 8 – year study of about 100，000 people. The people studied were between the ages of 16 and 24 when the research began.
The researchers who carried out the study say they consider the people fat if they are in the top of 5% of the measurement in which weight is connected with height. For example， fat women in the study were about 160 centimeters tall and weighed about 90 kilograms. Fat men in the study were about 175 centimeters tall and weighed 100 kilograms. The researchers say that more than 1，000，000 Americans are that big. The researchers found that fat young women were more likely to lose social and economic power even if they were form wealthy families. The fat women also were 20% less likely to get married and they earned an average of about $6，700 a year less than other women. The study showed less severe effect on fat men. They earned an average of about $3，000 a year less than other men. Fat men also were 11% less likely to get married.
A recent report says there are over a million fat people in the US. Fat people meet a series of problems in their life. They are less likely to get married and are badly paid when they work.
In China this problem is also getting worse and worse. The living standard of the Chinese people has greatly improved in the last two decades. Meanwhile more and more people， especially children， are getting too fat. Fat people in China are faced with many problems in their life. They receive discrimination from the society. They find it more difficult to find work than ordinary people and are worse paid when they work. In order to reduce the number of fat people， I think people， including children， should keep living an active life， having a healthy diet and exercise more. On the other hand， fat people should be treated with full respect and as equally as any human being in the society.