Journal article

Experiences of weightism among sexual minority men: Relationships with Body Mass Index, body dissatisfaction, and psychological quality of life

Scott Griffiths, Leah Brennan, Beth O'Gorman, William C Goedel, Jeanie Sheffield, Brock Bastian, Fiona Kate Barlow

SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

RATIONALE: Experiences of weightism are associated with reduced psychological quality of life among heterosexual men and women. However, despite noted vulnerability to body image pressures, weightism has not been quantitatively examined among sexual minority men. We tested two hypotheses: first, that Body Mass Index (BMI) and weightism would evidence a curvilinear relationship, such that underweight and overweight men would report experiencing more weightism than men in the "normal" weight range; and second, that a negative association between BMI and quality of life would be explained by experiences of weightism and body dissatisfaction. METHOD: Sexual minority men living in Australia and N..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship


Awarded by Australian Research Council Future Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

Scott Griffiths is supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship (grant number: 1121538). Fiona Kate Barlow is supported by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (grant number: FT150100147). The funders had no role in the collection or analysis of data, write-up of the manuscript, or the decision to submit the manuscript for publication.