Faculty Articles

Title

Weight Stigma as a Risk Factor for Suicidality

Document Type

Editorial

Publication Date

6-16-2020

Publication Title

International Journal of Obesity

Volume

44

Issue/Number

10

First Page

1979

ISSN

1476-5497

Last Page

1980

Abstract/Excerpt

Excerpt

In this issue, Daly et al. [1] 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 [2]. 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.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1038/s41366-020-0632-5

ORCID ID

0000-0002-6131-3209

PubMed ID

32546856

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