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J Health Psychol. 2009 Mar;14(2):190-9. doi: 10.1177/1359105308100203.

Greater history of weight-related stigmatizing experience is associated with greater weight loss in obesity treatment.

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  • 1University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA. jlatner@hawaii.edu

Abstract

Experiences of obesity stigmatization and fear of fat, body image and self-esteem, were examined in relation to weight loss and weight maintenance. Participants in obesity treatment (N = 185) with more stigmatizing experiences had poorer body image and greater fear of fat. Higher initial BMI, more stigmatizing experiences, lower body dissatisfaction and greater fear of fat predicted greater weight loss. Higher initial BMI and more stigmatizing experiences predicted greater weight maintenance after six months in treatment. These findings suggest that despite the negative psychological correlates of stigmatization, experience and fear of obesity's negative consequences may also be associated with improved treatment outcome.

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