This article was supported in part by Grant No. 2 R01 DK 38560–04 awarded to the first and second authors by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Do Obese Women Have Poorer Social Relationships Than Nonobese Women? Reports by Self, Friends, and Coworkers
Article first published online: 28 APR 2006
Journal of Personality
Volume 63, Issue 1, pages 65–85, March 1995
How to Cite
Miller, C. T., Rothblum, E. D., Brand, P. A. and Felicio, D. M. (1995), Do Obese Women Have Poorer Social Relationships Than Nonobese Women? Reports by Self, Friends, and Coworkers. Journal of Personality, 63: 65–85. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.1995.tb00802.x
- Issue published online: 28 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 28 APR 2006
- Manuscript received May 6, 1992; revised November 5, 1993.
Both theory and research suggest that obese women may have relatively poor social relationships even if their self-reports about their relationships do not differ from the reports of nonobese women. Seventy-seven obese and 78 nonobese women completed self-report measures of social anxiety, social self-esteem, social competence, social network size, and perceived social support from friends and family. Friends and coworkers also rated these women on the same measures. The self-reports of obese and nonobese women did not differ significantly on any of these social measures, and ratings from friends and coworkers of obese women were not different from ratings of nonobese women by friends and coworkers. These results suggest that obese women may be able to overcome prejudice against obese people in their relationships with others.