Devaluing self due to weight increases diabetes risk

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Weight bias internalization occurs when people apply negative weight stereotypes to themselves, such as believing they are lazy or unattractive and devalue themselves because of their weight.

The findings indicate that people with high internalisation were three times more likely to have metabolic syndrome – cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes – and six times more likely to have high triglycerides as compared to participants with low internalisation.”There is a common misconception that stigma might help motivate individuals with obesity to lose weight and improve their health,” said lead author Rebecca Pearl.

“We are finding it has quite the opposite effect. When people feel shamed because of their weight, they are more likely to avoid exercise and consume more calories to cope with this stress,” Pearl added.They examined 159 adults with obesity who were enrolled in a larger clinical trial testing the effects of weight loss medication.

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