Biopsychosocial correlates of weight-related stigma in overweight and obese adults

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Stephanie Papadopoulos
This research aims to investigate the biopsychosocial consequences of stigma in the overweight and obese adult population. Extensive research demonstrates that overweight and obese individuals are targets of weight-based stigmatization which is associated with significant biological (e.g. cardiovascular dysfunction), psychological (e.g. self-esteem) and social (e.g. poor perceived social support) consequences. Although the consequences of stigma are consistently reported in the weight stigma literature, much of the research has considered these independently. Further, no systematic review has yet focused on the diverse array of possible consequences of stigma in obese adults. In addition, there is little research examining the possible correlates of stigma in treatment seeking obese adults. This research includes two projects addressing these gaps in the literature (1) a systematic review of the biological, psychological and social consequences of weight stigma in obese adults, and (2) a cross-sectional study examining biopsychosocial correlates of weight stigma in obese adults seeking laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery. Results of this systematic review and research study will increase the understanding about the multitude of factors associated with weight stigmatization as well as to assist treatment and prevention efforts aimed at reducing the impact of weight-stigma in overweight and obese adults.

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Associate Professor Leah Brennan Principal Supervisor

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