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.
Grant, Funding, Food Study
Food Science | Human and Clinical Nutrition
Gorman, Andrea and Sachs, Charles, "Influence of Explicit and Implicit Weight Bias on Dietary Compliance, and Stress Response in Treatment Seeking Overweight and Obese Adults" (2016). (FS)2 Ancillary Grants. 1.