Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Health Psychology

Publisher

SAGE Publications Ltd

Publication Date

10-16-2017

Funder

This study was funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (K23DK097143).

First Page

1

Last Page

17

DOI

10.1177/1359105317739101

Abstract

The current study sought to examine whether two facets of weight self-stigma (fear of enacted stigma and self-devaluation) were associated with weight change and treatment engagement for 188 individuals participating in a 3-month online weight loss program. Fear of enacted stigma predicted less weight loss 3-months later after controlling for demographics, eating problems, and psychological symptoms. Self-devaluation did not predict weight loss. Neither weight self-stigma variable predicted engagement in the online program. These results add to the literature indicating the negative effects of weight self-stigma while highlighting the central role of fear of being stigmatized by others in this process.

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