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Do you think overweight/obese applicants are at a disadvantage in med school interviews?
 

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Do you think overweight/obese applicants are at a disadvantage in med school interviews?
I have seen obese medical students (in their first year, so not the result of sitting around studying for 4 years) so I don't think it is something that is a major factor. Still, as a future physician and someone who should convey an image of health, better to slim down and be proactive about this sort of thing.

Truth be told, I didn't fit into my suit (too fat), so I started to work out when I got my first interview invite haha.
 
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I have seen obese medical students (in their first year, so not the result of sitting around studying for 4 years) so I don't think it is something that is a major factor. Still, as a future physician and someone who should convey an image of health, better to slim down and be proactive about this sort of thing.

Truth be told, I didn't fit into my suit (too fat), so I started to work out when I got my first interview invite haha.
I agree. I don't think it should matter. Although, as a future physician, it might make it more difficult when trying to convince patients they should lose some weight.
 

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Even if there is not a disadvantage specific to medical school interviews, overweight applicants are at a disadvantage in general when interviewed. People tend to be more generous in their opinion of people that are more attractive.
 

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If something is going to prevent you from attending a medical school, it is not going to be your weight, unless it will literally prevent you from being able to walk. So quit fussing and focus on other much more important things. That said, eating healthy and exercising is always a good advice so try to do that as well.
 

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The interview is only one component of your application and your weight/attractiveness will only contribute to a fraction of your evaluation. That said, there have been many studies that show attractive people tend to be more successful in things like interviews and negotiations, not necessarily directly due to their attractiveness, but rather the confidence they have gained from a lifetime of positive feedback.

On top of that the type of people who normally self-select to apply to med schools seem to be generally healthier than the average person anyway.
 

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From the interviews I attended, I never saw a "fat" interviewee. Everyone was more or less average. However, that's probably just how the applicant pool is; I don't think schools actively deny heavy-set people interview invites (I don't think they really can, since all they have is your headshot, if even that). While it might be detriment during the actual interview, I don't think being fat/obese would outright disqualify you from attending medical school.
 
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I saw in another thread that Stanford med evaluates interviewees on their "athleticism"

Hmmmmm
 

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I saw in another thread that Stanford med evaluates interviewees on their "athleticism"

Hmmmmm
They need to start evaluating their athletes on their "athleticism". Anybody see that Rose Bowl game? Amirite???
 

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@OP: As dj said, I think it's fair to say that attractive people have a slight advantage in the interview. I think the answer is very mildly yes, unless you're an incredibly attractive pudgy person.
 

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Just talk to my ex. Somehow that manatee tramp got accepted to medical school.
LOL. I'm glad that you're 100% over it and harbor no negative feelings.
 

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I'm not posting pictures of my slob ex-girlfriend. She goes to some D.O. school in Kansas City. Not sure if she is on SDN or not lol. She was one of those fat girls with a pretty face. In my defense, if I haven't gotten any in 6 months I am not accountable for who I kick it with.
Oh good point, you can PM your proof directly into my inbox.

I demand only two things on this site, respect, and pictures of everyone's girlfriend.
 

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I'm not posting pictures of my slob ex-girlfriend. She goes to some D.O. school in Kansas City. Not sure if she is on SDN or not lol. She was one of those fat girls with a pretty face. In my defense, if I haven't gotten any in 6 months I am not accountable for who I kick it with.
On a related note, if she was so bad, why are you bitter about the breakup? No point in feeling bitter about a mésalliance when it wasn't good enough for you anyway. Just how I try to look at it
 
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I'm not posting pictures of my slob ex-girlfriend. She goes to some D.O. school in Kansas City. Not sure if she is on SDN or not lol. She was one of those fat girls with a pretty face. In my defense, if I haven't gotten any in 6 months I am not accountable for who I kick it with.
As a fat girl and thread starter, I do not condone these types of offensive comments. Very rude. Your momma would be disappointed in you.
 
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Well this thread lost professionalism unusually quickly lol
 

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As a fat girl and thread starter, I do not condone these types of offensive comments. Very rude. Your momma would be disappointed in you.
(Resisting urge to make a "yo momma so fat" joke)
 

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As a fat girl and thread starter, I do not condone these types of offensive comments. Very rude. Your momma would be disappointed in you.
I'm sure nobody wants anyone to feel bad. It's easy to detect and give off rudeness on the Internet without meaning to, as I'm sure is the case here.

The good news is, to the best of my knowledge there is no specific bias related to weight in medical admissions, and I seriously doubt it would ever be a factor. It's far more important that you look and behave yourself professionally and are prepared for the interview.

Cheers, and good luck.
 
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On a related note, if she was so bad, why are you bitter about the breakup? No point in feeling bitter about a mésalliance when it wasn't good enough for you anyway. Just how I try to look at it
That's kind of just my reflex response when someone calls me out for talking trash about my ex haha.

As a fat girl and thread starter, I do not condone these types of offensive comments. Very rude. Your momma would be disappointed in you.
My mom reminds me every day what a disspointment I am to her. I'm at peace with it really, like - since I was 17 I've been okay with this.

(P.S. sorry if I offended you - I just cant resist the urge bring up a gross ex story lol)
 
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(Resisting urge to make a "yo momma so fat" joke)
I walked into that one lol. But in all seriousness, calling your ex girlfriend a "manatee" and "slob" on the Internet....not cool.
 
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So it's still cool if I call her a tramp then?
Manatee is a no no. Tramp is almost less offensive, as it's more generic. If my ex called me a tramp I'd think...whatever , he's bitter. But manatee? That's just mean
 
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Dang, I thought this thread could have fostered intelligent discussion :(
 

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Dang, I thought this thread could have fostered intelligent discussion :(
This thread lived long enough to become the villain, unfortunately. I mean look at the "class of x" threads.
 

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Dang, I thought this thread could have fostered intelligent discussion :(
I would say that you got pretty good answers before we got sidetracked. Not much more to say really.
 
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To be fair, the OP got some decent answers for an uncommon but not unreasonable question. So why not let this become a little more social/debaucherous/fun?
Your comments were rude and offensive. Maybe that is what passes for "social and fun" with you and your "bros"...which is sad, but you need to take it down a notch when you leave the frat
 

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Your comments were rude and offensive. Maybe that is what passes for "social and fun" with you and your "bros"...which is sad, but you need to take it down a notch when you leave the frat
:corny:
 
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Your comments were rude and offensive. Maybe that is what passes for "social and fun" with you and your "bros"...which is sad, but you need to take it down a notch when you leave the frat
Oh come on. He already apologized, let it go.
 

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Plot twist: OP is burberry's ex. Dun dun dunnnnnn.

I can totally do Jerry Springer's job.
 
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Hahaha, nah - my ex was a Bengals fan. Dissapointing day for her today hahaha
Very...

Back to the original question though, this is something I've been thinking about quite a bit and hadn't seen addressed here. Kudos, jetsfan1234
 

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everybody loves thick girls

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Disagree. Not many love thick guys, either. It's just much less politically incorrect to say you like fit men than fit women. I think this makes guys say they like bigger ladies due to social pressure when in reality both sexes prefer partners which appear healthy and fertile.
 
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