Chapter 14. Social and Psychological Factors in Obesity

  1. Gareth Williams2 and
  2. Gema Frühbeck3
  1. Andrew J. Hill

Published Online: 28 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470712221.ch14

Obesity: Science to Practice

Obesity: Science to Practice

How to Cite

Hill, A. J. (2009) Social and Psychological Factors in Obesity, in Obesity: Science to Practice (eds G. Williams and G. Frühbeck), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470712221.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

  2. 3

    Department of Endocrinology, Clínica Universitaria, de Navarra, Avda. Pío XII, 36, 31008 - Pamplona, Spain

Author Information

  1. Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, Charles Thackrah Building, University of Leeds, 101 Clarendon, Road Leeds, LS2 9LJ, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470019115

Online ISBN: 9780470712221



  • social and psychological factors in obesity;
  • endomorph, ectomorph and mesomorph – corresponds respectively to fat, thin and medium body shapes;
  • implicit association test – developed to investigate stigma based on age, race and gender;
  • university selection procedures and parental attitudes – act as barriers to higher educational achievement;
  • body-image distress – expressed in many ways, including the wish to be considerably thinner;
  • depression – strongly related to body-image problems;
  • multi-domain approaches – helped to characterize self-esteem in children and adolescents;
  • significant and maintained weight loss – improves psychosocial status;
  • better public and professional knowledge about obesity – helps to relieve the psychological and social burdens of obesity


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Stereotyping of obesity

  • Adult attitudes

  • Social disadvantage

  • Psychological well-being

  • The way forward

  • References