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Differential effects of weight bias experiences and internalization on exercise among women with overweight and obesity.

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Differential effects of weight bias experiences and internalization on exercise among women with overweight and obesity.

J Health Psychol. 2014 Feb 6;

Authors: Pearl RL, Puhl RM, Dovidio JF

Abstract
This study investigated the effects of experiences with weight stigma and weight bias internalization on exercise. An online sample of 177 women with overweight and obesity (M age = 35.48 years, M BMI = 32.81) completed questionnaires assessing exercise behavior, self-efficacy, and motivation; experiences of weight stigmatization; weight bias internalization; and weight-stigmatizing attitudes toward others. Weight stigma experiences positively correlated with exercise behavior, but weight bias internalization was negatively associated with all exercise variables. Weight bias internalization was a partial mediator between weight stigma experiences and exercise behavior. The distinct effects of experiencing versus internalizing weight bias carry implications for clinical practice and public health.

PMID: 24505060 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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