Weight Loss Stigma

Weight loss stigma – sometimes called weight-based discrimination – leads to stereotyping a person based on his or her weight. Not only does this cause stress eating (and more weight gain), but studies show that weight loss stigma reduces the quality of life in people affected by discrimination.

Stigma doesn’t have to come from external sources, though. It can also be internalized when a person applies stereotypical associations to his or herself.

Reference: Lillis, Jason, et al. “Exploring the Relationship between Body Mass Index and Health-Related Quality of Life: A Pilot Study of the Impact of Weight Self-Stigma and Experiential Avoidance – Jason Lillis, Michael E. Levin, Steven C. Hayes, 2011.” SAGE Journals.