Weight Stigma as a Risk Factor for Suicidality
International Journal of Obesity
In this issue, Daly et al.  show that subjective perceptions of “overweight” were associated with increased risk of suicidal ideation, plans, and attempt in a large sample of US adolescents, even when controlling for participant age, gender, race/ethnicity, body mass index (BMI), and depression. These findings are consistent with existing research demonstrating that subjective weight perceptions were positively associated with suicidality in a large sample of young women in the US . In this study, the association between self-perceived weight and suicidal ideation held even when controlling for covariates such as participant age, race/ethnicity, BMI, depression, risky behavior involvement, self-reported health status, history of familial suicidal behavior, and parent education. Thus, it appears as though the association between weight perceptions and suicidality is robust, and that self-perceived weight status is more strongly associated with suicidality than BMI.
Brochu, P. M.
(2020). Weight Stigma as a Risk Factor for Suicidality. International Journal of Obesity, 44(10), 1979-1980.
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