Journal article

Differences in weight stigma between gay, bisexual, and heterosexual men

Emma Austen, Katharine H Greenaway, Scott Griffiths

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Abstract

Gay and bisexual men may experience more weight stigma than heterosexual men; however, research is limited. We examined differences in experienced weight discrimination, weight bias, and internalized weight bias in two studies: the first comprising gay (n = 351), bisexual (n = 357), and heterosexual (n = 408) men, and the second comprising gay (n = 614) and bisexual (n = 123) men. In Study 1, bisexual men reported experiencing more weight discrimination than gay (r = .07) and heterosexual (r = .08) men. Bisexual (Glass' Δ = 0.41) and gay (Δ = 0.37) men reported greater internalized weight bias than heterosexual men. Heterosexual men reported more weight bias than gay (Cohen's d = 0.35) and b..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Future Fellowship


Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

Emma Austen is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. Katharine H. Greenaway is supported by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (grant number: 160100761). Scott Griffiths is supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (grant numbers: 1121538, 1179321, 1193738), the World Anti -Doping Agency, and the University of Melbourne.