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Research Article

Obese Children, Adults and Senior Citizens in the Eyes of the General Public: Results of a Representative Study on Stigma and Causation of Obesity

  • Claudia Sikorski mail,

    Claudia.Sikorski@medizin.uni-leipzig.de

    Affiliations: Integrated Research and Treatment Center (IFB) Adiposity Diseases, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, Institute of Social Medicine, Occupational Health and Public Health, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

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  • Melanie Luppa,

    Affiliation: Institute of Social Medicine, Occupational Health and Public Health, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

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  • Elmar Brähler,

    Affiliation: Department of Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

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  • Hans-Helmut König,

    Affiliation: Department of Medical Sociology and Health Economics, Hamburg-Eppendorf University Medical Center, Hamburg, Germany

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  • Steffi G. Riedel-Heller

    Affiliation: Institute of Social Medicine, Occupational Health and Public Health, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

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  • Published: October 12, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046924

About the Authors

Claudia Sikorski
Integrated Research and Treatment Center (IFB) Adiposity Diseases, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
Claudia Sikorski, Melanie Luppa, Steffi G. Riedel-Heller
Institute of Social Medicine, Occupational Health and Public Health, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
Elmar Brähler
Department of Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
Hans-Helmut König
Department of Medical Sociology and Health Economics, Hamburg-Eppendorf University Medical Center, Hamburg, Germany

Corresponding Author

Email: Claudia.Sikorski@medizin.uni-leipzig.de

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: CS ML SRH EB HHK. Performed the experiments: CS ML SRH. Analyzed the data: CS EB HHK ML SRH. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: EB ML SRH HHK CS. Wrote the paper: CS. Designed the research questions and outlined the design of the study: CS ML SRH. Advised the study team in regard to the assessment of prevention attitudes: EB HHK. Contributed to the interpretation: EB HHK ML. Read and approved the final version of the manuscript: CS ML EB HHK SRH.