Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Eat Behav. 2015 Apr;17:1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2014.11.001. Epub 2014 Dec 7.

The internalization of weight bias is associated with severe eating pathology among lean individuals.

Author information

1
Department of Psychology, Yale University, New Haven, CT, United States; Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, United States. Electronic address: natasha.schvey.ctr@usuhs.edu.
2
Department of Psychology, Yale University, New Haven, CT, United States; Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, CT, United States; Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, United States.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The internalization of weight bias is associated with clinically significant eating pathology among overweight adults. However, these relationships have not yet been assessed in lean individuals, who may perceive themselves to be overweight and subsequently internalize weight bias. The aim of the present study, therefore, was to determine whether lean individuals internalize weight bias and if the internalization of weight bias among lean respondents is associated with eating pathology.

METHOD:

Participants were 197 lean (mean BMI: 22.28±1.89, range 15.80-24.98) adults who completed the Weight Bias Internalization Scale (WBIS) and measures of disordered eating behaviors and attitudes via an anonymous online survey.

RESULTS:

Based on convergence of responses from the EDE-Q and QEWP-R, and using DSM-5 behavioral criteria, 10% and 15% of participants were classified into a binge eating and binge/purge group, respectively. WBIS scores were significantly higher among those with binge and/or purge behaviors compared to those without eating pathology. Bivariate correlations revealed positive associations between WBIS score and BMI, depression, and all EDE-Q subscales (restraint, eating concern, shape concern, weight concern). Logistic regressions indicated that internalized weight bias was significantly associated with binge/purge behaviors (OR=4.67, 95% CI: 2.38-9.17, p<.001) and binge eating (OR=2.29, 95% CI: 1.26-4.19, p<.01).

DISCUSSION:

These novel findings suggest that lean individuals may internalize weight bias. Importantly, the internalization of weight bias among lean individuals is associated with clinically significant eating pathology.

KEYWORDS:

Binge eating; Eating disorders; Purging; Weight Bias Internalization

PMID:
25514799
DOI:
10.1016/j.eatbeh.2014.11.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Elsevier Science
    Loading ...
    Support Center