An examination of weight bias among treatment-seeking obese patients with and without binge eating disorder

Rachel D. Barnes, Valentina Ivezaj, Carlos M. Grilo

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Abstract

Objective: The objective was to compare weight-bias attitudes among treatment-seeking obese patients with and without binge eating disorder (BED vs. NBO) and to explore racial and sex differences and correlates of weight-bias attitudes. Method: Participants included 221 obese patients (169 female, 52 male) seeking treatment for weight and eating, recruited through primary care settings; of these, 168 patients met BED criteria. Patients completed semi-structured interviews and psychometrically established self-report measures of attitudes about obesity, eating pathology and depression. Results: Main effects for group (BED vs. NBO) and race (White vs. African American) were significant. Patients with BED had significantly higher levels of negative attitudes towards obesity than NBO patients, while African American patients had significantly lower levels of weight bias than did White patients. Greater negative attitudes towards obesity were significantly correlated with higher levels of depression and eating pathology for all patients. Conclusions: Endorsement of negative weight bias was related to binge eating status, race, disordered eating, and depression. Primary care providers should be aware of weight biases among their patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-180
Number of pages4
JournalGeneral Hospital Psychiatry
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Binge eating
  • Obesity
  • Stigma
  • Weight bias

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