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Mistreatment due to weight: prevalence and sources of perceived mistreatment in women and men.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10574516     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: Previous research has documented prejudicial attitudes and discrimination against overweight people. Yet the extent to which overweight people themselves perceive that they have been mistreated because of their weight has not been carefully studied. The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence of perceived mistreatment due to weight and sources of perceived mistreatment. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: A non-clinical sample of healthy adults (187 men and 800 women) enrolled in a weight gain prevention program comprised the study population. A self-administered questionnaire was used to measure perceived mistreatment due to weight. RESULTS: Overall, 22% of women and 17% of men reported weight-related mistreatment. The most commonly reported sources of mistreatment among women were strangers (12.5%) and a spouse or loved one (11.9%). Men were most likely to report mistreatment by a spouse or loved one (10.2%) and friends (7.5%). Somewhat surprisingly, sex differences in perceived weight-related mistreatment were significant only for stranger as the source. Perceived weight-related mistreatment was positively associated with body mass index (BMI) (r = 0.39, p<0.0001). Reported mistreatment was nearly ten times as pervalent among individuals in the highest quartile of the BMI distribution (42.5%) than among those in the lowest BMI quartile (5.7%), but was significantly greater than zero in all but the very lean. DISCUSSION: Perceived mistreatment due to weight is a common experience and is not restricted to the morbidly obese. Results are discussed in light of the sociocultural value for thinness.
Authors:
N H Falkner; S A French; R W Jeffery; D Neumark-Sztainer; N E Sherwood; N Morton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obesity research     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1071-7323     ISO Abbreviation:  Obes. Res.     Publication Date:  1999 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-12-02     Completed Date:  1999-12-02     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9305691     Medline TA:  Obes Res     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  572-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55454-1015, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Body Mass Index
Body Weight*
Female
Humans
Logistic Models
Longitudinal Studies
Male
Obesity / psychology*
Prejudice*
Sex Characteristics
Weight Gain
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
DK45361/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS; DK50456/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS; T32-HL0779/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS

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