OSR Journal of Student Research

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Gender Moderates the Relationship between Weight Stigma and Binge Eating among Individuals Higher in Body Weight


The vast majority of research on weight stigma and binge eating has focused on women’s experiences. In the current study we examine in both men (N=135) and women (N=399) how experiences of weight discrimination and weight stigma consciousness are related to symptoms of binge eating among individuals higher in body weight (BMI>25.00). We found that experiences of weight discrimination were positively related to binge eating among both men and women and did not differ by gender (b=3.04, p<.001). However, stigma consciousness was only related to binge eating among men (b=4.31, p<.001), but not women (b=1.02, p=.07). We also examined perceived control as a possible mediator of these relationships in a moderated mediation model. Perceived control was a significant mediator of the relationship between perceived discrimination and binge eating among both men and women. Perceived control also mediated the relationship between stigma consciousness and binge eating among men. Our research suggests that different measures of weight stigma may predict different outcomes for men and women who are higher in body weight.

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