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The effects of causal beliefs and binge eating on the stigmatization of obesity†
Version of Record online: 16 SEP 2008
Copyright © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 42, Issue 2, pages 118–124, March 2009
How to Cite
Bannon, K. L., Hunter-Reel, D., Wilson, G. T. and Karlin, R. A. (2009), The effects of causal beliefs and binge eating on the stigmatization of obesity. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 42: 118–124. doi: 10.1002/eat.20588
- Issue online: 5 FEB 2009
- Version of Record online: 16 SEP 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 JUL 2008
- binge eating
Weight disorders and overeating are increasingly labeled as addictions. It is important to identify the consequences of this label on the stigmatization of obesity.
Participants (N = 374) were assigned randomly to one of six conditions, in which they read a scenario about an obese woman either with or without binge eating, followed by an account of the cause of her obesity as psychological, a biological addiction, or ambiguous. Participants then completed questionnaires designed to assess stigma and prognostic beliefs.
Participants in the obesity with binge eating condition rated obese persons more negatively and as having a worse prognosis. The causal manipulation check revealed no difference between groups and there were no significant effects of this condition.
Behavior (binge eating) has important implications for understanding the stigmatization of obesity. © 2008 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2009