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Overweight and obesity has gained much attention as a growing health concern and researchers are now seeking to better understand the mind-body relationship. The mechanism of this relationship remains uncertain, however weight bias impacts quality of life, stress, and perhaps compliance with dietary interventions. There is a well-recognized potential for psychological variables to influence dietary intake. The objective of this study is to assess explicit weight bias towards oneself and implicit bias toward others in a treatment seeking adult population. A novel composite of these two psychological elements may enhance prediction of weight loss and weight loss maintenance success as well as shape potential interventions for bias reduction. A relationship between weight stigma and greater biochemical stress, independent of level of adiposity will also be tested. The study will also seek additional insight as to whether a 10-15% weight reduction and successful maintenance of this weight loss may affect a change in weight bias.

Publication Date

Winter 3-2-2016


Nutrition, Diet, Obesity, Food Study, FS2, Grant Funding


Food Science | Human and Clinical Nutrition

Influence of Explicit and Implicit Weight Bias on Dietary Compliance, and Stress Response in Treatment Seeking Overweight and Obese Adults