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Weight stigmatization and disordered eating in obese women : The mediating effects of self-esteem and fear of negative appearance evaluation

Authors

ALMENARA Carlos Arturo AIME Annie MAIANO Christopher EJOVA Anastasia GUEVREMONT Guylaine BOURNIVAL Chantal

Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Revue Européenne de Psychologie Appliquée
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Citation
Web http://doi.org/10.1016/j.erap.2017.02.004
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.erap.2017.02.004
Field Psychology
Keywords disordered eating; fear of negative appearance evaluation; obesity; self-esteem; stigmatization
Description Objective The aim of this study is to examine whether self-esteem and fear of negative appearance evaluation are significant mediators in the association between weight-related self-devaluation and disordered eating. Method A sample of obese Canadian women (N = 111, M age = 40.9, SD = 10.2) completed the Weight Self-Stigma Questionnaire (WSSQ), the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES), the Fear of Negative Appearance Evaluation Scale (FNAES), and the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q). Results Self-esteem mediated the relationship between weight-related self-devaluation and restraint and weight concerns, whereas fear of negative appearance evaluation mediated the relationship with weight, shape and eating concerns. Conclusion Since, for obese women, self-esteem and fear of negative appearance evaluation are likely to maintain disordered eating, they should be more frequently taken into consideration by researchers, health professionals and public policy stakeholders.
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