Finding the link between internalized weight-stigma and binge eating behaviors in Portuguese adult women with overweight and obesity: The mediator role of self-criticism and self-reassurance

dc.contributor.authorPalmeira, Lara
dc.contributor.authorPinto-Gouveia, José
dc.contributor.authorCunha, Marina
dc.contributor.authorCarvalho, Sérgio
dc.date.accessioned2023-12-12T11:03:14Z
dc.date.available2023-12-12T11:03:14Z
dc.date.issued2017-08-01
dc.description.abstractLiterature has emphasized the negative role of internalized self-stigma in unhealthy eating behaviors in individuals with overweight and obesity. Still, less is known about the psychological processes that mediate this relationship. Self-criticism and the inability to reassure the self are considered to play crucial roles on eating behaviors. This study aims to: 1) explore the associations between BMI, weight self-stigma, self-criticism, self-reassurance and binge-eating; 2) explore differences in weight self-stigma and self-criticism tendencies between women with and without Binge Eating Disorder (BED); 3) test the mediator effect of self-criticism and self-reassurance on the relationship between weight self-stigma and binge-eating severity. Participants were 125 Portuguese adult women with overweight and obesity (MBMI= 34.44; SD =5.51). Participants were weighted and completed a set of self-report measures. BED was assessed through a clinical structured interview. Results showed that women with BED display higher levels of weight self-stigma and self-criticism and lower tendencies to be self reassuring, than women without BED. Additionally, the mediation model tested indicated that the effect of weight self-stigma on binge eating severity was in part partially mediated by a self-to-self relationship that is critical, harsh and punitive and by a decreased ability to be reassuring when facing setbacks. Overall, the model accounted for 45% of binge eating symptoms severity. These findings may inform clinical practice with clients who present high levels of weight self-stigma. Results suggest the relevance of targeting self-criticism and promoting a self-to-self relationship that is caring and reassuring, as a way of diminishing binge eating behaviors.
dc.identifier.citationPalmeira, L., Pinto-Gouveia, J., Cunha, M., & Carvalho, S. (2017). Finding the link between internalized weight-stigma and binge eating behaviors in Portuguese adult women with overweight and obesity: The mediator role of self-criticism and self-reassurance. Eating Behaviors, 26, 50-54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2017.01.027. Repositório Institucional UPT. https://hdl.handle.net/11328/5271
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2017.01.006
dc.identifier.issn1471-0153
dc.identifier.issn1873-7358
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/11328/5271
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.relation.hasversionhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1471015316303816
dc.rightsrestricted access
dc.subjectInternalized weight-stigma
dc.subjectEating behaviors
dc.subjectPortuguese adult women
dc.subjectOverweight
dc.subjectObesity
dc.subject.fosCiências Sociais - Psicologia
dc.titleFinding the link between internalized weight-stigma and binge eating behaviors in Portuguese adult women with overweight and obesity: The mediator role of self-criticism and self-reassurance
dc.typejournal article
dspace.entity.typePublication
oaire.citation.endPage54
oaire.citation.startPage50
oaire.citation.titleEating Behaviors
oaire.citation.volume26
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