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Title: The role of weight perception and weight stigma concerns in relationship to health behaviours and psychological well-being
Author: Romano, Eugenia
ISNI:       0000 0004 8506 2795
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2019
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Overweight and obesity are now common in the developed world. It has been widely assumed that a failure to identify oneself as being overweight is detrimental to weight management and health. However, recent findings indicate that self-perception of overweight is instead related to a number of negative health and psychological outcomes. This could be caused by the widespread stigma of overweight and obesity, whereby those who self-identify their weight status as being overweight experience heightened concerns of being discriminated because of their weight. The aim of this thesis is to examine the relationship between weight perception and weight stigma concerns, and their impact on health behaviours and psychological well-being. After introducing the literature on weight perception and weight stigma in Chapter 1, Chapter 2 investigates whether perceived overweight results in increased attitudinal conformity towards unhealthy risky peer behaviours due to weight stigma concerns. The relationships between weight perception, weight stigma concerns and overeating tendencies are investigated across two studies in the general population (Chapter 3), and among post-bariatric surgery participants (Chapter 4). Chapter 5 then examines the associations between weight perception, perceived weight discrimination and weight-loss outcomes in the context of a weight loss trial. To conclude, Chapter 6 investigates the role of weight perception and weight stigma concerns in explaining the well-established relationship between body mass index and depression.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral