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People who experienced appearance-related discrimination more susceptible to health issues: poll

2017/12/04 10:16

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SEOUL, Dec. 4 (Yonhap) -- People who have been discriminated against due to their appearance are more likely to suffer from poor health down the line, a survey showed Monday.

The report, carried out on 2,973 people aged between 19 and 24, and conducted by a team led by professor Kim Seung-seop of Korea University, showed 8.3 percent experienced discrimination based on their looks.

About 2.5 percent said they have been discriminated against more than twice, while 5.8 percent have been discriminated against once.

About 7.6 percent, or 228 people, of those questioned said they were not confident about their current state of health, the survey said, noting those who have experienced discrimination have 3.1 times more likelihood of feeling less healthy than those who have not been slighted.

Such discrimination against people can lead to an addiction to drinking, smoking or even using drugs as young people are more sensitive about their appearance. Such a development can adversely harm a person's long-term health, the findings showed.

A file photo of a job interview (Yonhap) A file photo of a job interview (Yonhap)

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