Family Weight Teasing, LGBTQ Attitudes, and Well-being among LGBTQ Adolescents

Marla E. Eisenberg, Rebecca Puhl, Ryan J. Watson

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This study explored weight-based victimization by family members, accepting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) attitudes, and family connectedness, and how these experiences are associated with health, self-esteem, and depressive symptoms among LGBTQ adolescents. Data came from the LGBTQ National Teen Survey (N = 9261, mean age = 15.6 years). The 3 key variables were significantly associated with poorer self-rated health, self-esteem, and depressive symptoms. For example, weight-based victimization was associated with approximately 2 more points on the depressive symptoms scale (β = 1.81, P <.001), adjusting for covariates. Findings highlight the negative impact of weight-based victimization among LGBTQ youth, even in the context of other types of family support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-25
Number of pages9
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • adolescents
  • depression
  • gender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • victimization

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