Journal of Health Psychology
SAGE Publications Ltd
This study was funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (K23DK097143).
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.
Lillis, Jason; Thomas, J. G.; Levin, Michael E.; and Wing, R. R., "Self-stigma and weight loss: The impact of fear of being stigmatized" (2017). Psychology Faculty Publications. Paper 1560.