Perceived weight stigma is associated with adverse health indices, such as elevated cortisol, lipid/glucose dysregulation, and poorer self-rated health. This relationship may be particularly relevant for military personnel, given the cultural emphasis on fitness and weight/shape. Therefore, we investigated the relationship between weight stigma and physical health in 117 active duty personnel (66.7% male; 56.4% non-Hispanic White; age: 30.8 ± 7.4 years; BMI: 29.5 ± 2.5 kg/m 2 ). Participants reported weight stigma (general and military-specific), weight bias internalization, and the presence (≥1; n = 55) or absence (n = 62) of medical conditions. Logistic regressions were conducted examining the ability of weight stigma (general or military-specific) and weight bias internalization to predict the presence or absence of medical conditions. General weight stigma was not significantly associated with the presence of a medical condition (p >.05). However, individuals with military-specific weight stigma scores twice that of their peers were over three times more likely (p =.04) to report a medical condition. Weight bias internalization was not significant in any model (ps >.20). Longitudinal studies should prospectively examine the relationship between weight stigma in the military setting and health among service members.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Psychology
- Applied Psychology