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Perceived weight discrimination mediates the prospective relation between obesity and depressive symptoms in U.S. and U.K. adults.

Title: Perceived weight discrimination mediates the prospective relation between obesity and depressive symptoms in U.S. and U.K. adults.
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Name(s): Robinson, Eric, author
Sutin, Angelina, author
Daly, Michael, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Journal Article
Text
Date Issued: 2017-02-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Obesity has been shown to increase risk of depression. Persons with obesity experience discrimination because of their body weight. Across 3 studies, we tested for the first time whether experiencing (perceived) weight-based discrimination explains why obesity is prospectively associated with increases in depressive symptoms. Data from 3 studies, including the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (2008/2009-2012/2013), the Health and Retirement Study (2006/2008-2010/2012), and Midlife in the United States (1995/1996-2004/2005), were used to examine associations between obesity, perceived weight discrimination, and depressive symptoms among 20,286 U.S. and U.K. adults. Across all 3 studies, Class II and III obesity were reliably associated with increases in depressive symptoms from baseline to follow-up. Perceived weight-based discrimination predicted increases in depressive symptoms over time and mediated the prospective association between obesity and depressive symptoms in all 3 studies. Persons with Class II and III obesity were more likely to report experiencing weight-based discrimination, and this explained approximately 31% of the obesity-related increase in depressive symptoms on average across the 3 studies. In U.S. and U.K. samples, the prospective association between obesity (defined using body mass index) and increases in depressive symptoms in adulthood may in part be explained by perceived weight discrimination. (PsycINFO Database Record
Identifier: FSU_pmch_27748611 (IID), 10.1037/hea0000426 (DOI), PMC5267562 (PMCID), 27748611 (RID), 27748611 (EID), 2016-49908-001 (PII)
Grant Number: P01 AG020166, U19 AG051426
Publication Note: This NIH-funded author manuscript originally appeared in PubMed Central at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5267562.
Subject(s): Adult
Aged
Body Weight
Depression/psychology
Female
Humans
Longitudinal Studies
Male
Middle Aged
Obesity/psychology
Prejudice/psychology
Prospective Studies
United Kingdom
United States
Young Adult
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_pmch_27748611
Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association.
1930-7810
Issue: iss. 2, vol. 36

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Robinson, E., Sutin, A., & Daly, M. (2017). Perceived weight discrimination mediates the prospective relation between obesity and depressive symptoms in U.S. and U.K. adults. Health Psychology : Official Journal Of The Division Of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_pmch_27748611