|Title||Psychological and Social Functioning Are Associated with Reports of Perceived Weight Discrimination Across Eight Years|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2020|
|Authors||Sutin, AR, Gerend, MA, Maner, JK, Stephan, Y, Terracciano, A|
|Journal||Journal of Research in Personality|
|Keywords||Loneliness, Obesity, Perceived Discrimination, Personality, Social contact, Stigma|
This research uses the Health and Retirement Study to identify psychological and social factors that prospectively predict new reports of perceived weight discrimination among individuals who measure in the obese weight category. Participants (Mage=66.89, SD=8.33; 58% women) reported on their personality and social isolation, had a body mass index (BMI)≥30, reported no perceived weight discrimination at baseline, and completed at least one assessment over the up to 8-year follow-up (N=3,064). Eleven percent of participants reported new experiences of perceived weight discrimination. Higher Neuroticism and loneliness at baseline were associated with new reports; Conscientiousness was protective. This research adds to models of weight stigma by identifying psychological and social factors that contribute to reporting new instances of perceived weight discrimination.