Weight bias internalization and disordered eating in Spanish adolescents

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Abstract

Objective: This study aims to investigate the association between weight bias internalization (WBI) and disordered eating in Spanish adolescents, addressing a critical gap in the existing research specific to this population.

Methods: Data from a longitudinal project involving 1,017 adolescents were analyzed using a multistage sampling procedure. Measures included the Spanish versions of the Modified Weight Bias Internalization Scale (WBIS-M), Eating Disorder Inventory-3 (EDI-3) subscales, Body Shape Questionnaire (BSQ), and the presence and severity of binge eating. Adjusted linear regression analyses explored the impact of WBISM scores on EDI-3 subscales, and BSQ. Adjusted multinomial logistic regression assessed the link between WBISM scores and binge eating.

Results: WBI was associated with a significant increase in all the scores of the EDI-3 subscales, and the BSQ, as well as with a higher risk of moderate and severe binge eating in both genders, and regardless weight status.

Discussion: This study contributes valuable insights into the impact of WBI on disordered eating in Spanish adolescents, aligning with global literature. It emphasizes the need for preventive measures addressing weight stigma across diverse settings and the entire weight spectrum. Our findings underscore the importance of addressing weight stigma and reshaping the narrative surrounding obesity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Eating Disorders Review
Volumesubmitted
Publication statusSubmitted - 2024

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