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The relationship between weight self-stigma, depression and loneliness in people with obesity

Aysel A Özdemir
Hilal Türkben


The research was conducted to determine the level of weight self-stigma, depression loneliness and whether is there a relationship
between them. This was a descriptive correlational study. The study was conducted in a diet outpatient clinic of a
university hospital. Participants had moderate weight self-stigma, depression and loneliness. Weight self-stigma sub-dimensions
self-devaluation (β=0.28; p<0.001) and fear of enacted stigma (β=0.28; p<0.001) equally predicted depression. Fear of enacted
stigma predicted social loneliness negatively (β=-.44; p<0.001). Fear of enacted stigma (β =.16, p<.005) and depression (β =.44,
p<.001) predicted emotional loneliness positively. Weight self-stigma was positively correlated with depression and loneliness

Keywords: Obesity; weight self stigma; depression; loneliness.

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eISSN: 1729-0503
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