Weight-based stigmatization, psychological distress, & binge eating behavior among obese treatment-seeking adults.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the associations between weight-based stigmatization, psychological distress, and binge eating behavior in a treatment-seeking obese sample. METHODS: Ninety-three obese adults completed three questionnaires: 1) Stigmatizing Situations Inventory, 2) Brief Symptoms Inventory, and 3) Binge Eating Questionnaire. Correlational analyses were used to evaluate the association between stigmatizing experiences, psychological distress and binge eating behavior. RESULTS: Stigmatizing experiences predicted both binge eating behavior (R(2)=.20, p<.001) and overall psychological distress (R(2)=.18, p<.001). A substantial amount of the variance in binge eating predicted by weight-based stigmatization was due to the effect of psychological distress. Specifically, of the 20% of the variance in binge eating accounted for by stigmatizing experiences, between 7% and 34% (p<.01) was due to the effects of various indicators of psychological distress. CONCLUSIONS: These data suggest that weight-based stigmatization predicts binge eating behavior and that psychological distress associated with stigmatizing experiences may be an important mediating factor.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ashmore, JA; Friedman, KE; Reichmann, SK; Musante, GJ

Published Date

  • April 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 203 - 209

PubMed ID

  • 18329599

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1471-0153

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2007.09.006


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States