Ways of coping with obesity stigma: Review and conceptual analysis

Journal Article (Journal Article)

There is clear documentation of bias and discrimination aimed at overweight persons, but less is known about methods individuals use to cope with weight stigma. This paper provides an analysis of such methods, integrating work on weight stigma with what is known from other relevant areas (e.g., race and gender bias). Multiple means of coping have been studied, ranging from attempts to change the stigmatizing condition (losing weight) to taking pride in the condition and mobilizing social action to prevent discrimination. The most promising areas for future research, methodological challenges, and the importance of individual difference and situational factors as moderating variables are discussed. © 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Puhl, R; Brownell, KD

Published Date

  • January 1, 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 53 - 78

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1471-0153

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S1471-0153(02)00096-X

Citation Source

  • Scopus