Do body positive communities buffer against weight stigma? A pilot study

About this study

You are invited to participate in research investigating whether being part of body positive communities is related to lower psychological distress among people who experience weight stigma. Some research suggests that the groups we belong to can protect us from the negative impacts of discrimination, like psychological distress. We are interested in seeing whether belonging to the body positive community is associated with lower distress in people who experience weight stigma. This project is a pilot study, and we hope that the research will inform a larger project. This project is conducted as part of a third year psychology research project at Victoria University.

Research Team Dr Jo Doley and Ms Tyler Callaway
Institution College of Health and Biomedicine at Victoria University
Ethics Approval NumberVU HREC: HRE21-113
Project Start DateAugust 16, 2022
Project End DateSeptember 1, 2022
ParticipantsYou are invited to take part if you meet the following criteria:
1) are over 18,
2) have a BMI of 30 or higher,
3) have had some exposure to body positive and/or fat positive communities. This means that you have seen body positive content online through platforms such as Twitter or Instagram, or have engaged in discussions face to face with people in body positive communities.
4) work within the body image or eating disorders field (e.g. including in research, as a clinician, in advocacy)

You are asked to avoid taking part if you believe answering questions about your experiences of weight stigma or weight discrimination will cause you discomfort.
What is InvolvedIf you agree to participate in this research, we will ask you to complete a 5-10 minute questionnaire. This survey asks questions about your experiences of weight stigma, your identification with the body positive community, and psychological distress.
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