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The stigma of obesity in the general public and its implications for public health - a systematic review

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Public Health, August 2011
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  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (91st percentile)

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2 Facebook pages
2 Wikipedia pages


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The stigma of obesity in the general public and its implications for public health - a systematic review
Published in
BMC Public Health, August 2011
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-11-661
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Claudia Sikorski, Melanie Luppa, Marie Kaiser, Heide Glaesmer, Georg Schomerus, Hans-Helmut König, Steffi G Riedel-Heller


Up to this date, prevalence rates of obesity are still rising. Aside from co-morbid diseases, perceived discrimination and stigmatization leads to worsen outcomes in obese individuals. Higher stigmatizing attitudes towards obese individuals may also result in less support of preventive and interventive measures. In light of the immense burden of obesity on health care systems and also on the individuals' quality of life, accepted and subsidized preventive measures are needed. Policy support might be determined by views of the lay public on causes of obesity and resulting weight stigma. This study seeks to answer how representative samples of the lay public perceive people with obesity or overweight status (stigmatizing attitudes); what these samples attribute obesity to (causal attribution) and what types of interventions are supported by the lay public and which factors determine that support (prevention support).

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 3 1%
Canada 2 <1%
Pakistan 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 274 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 52 18%
Student > Bachelor 42 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 40 14%
Researcher 33 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 21 7%
Other 50 18%
Unknown 46 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 78 27%
Psychology 65 23%
Social Sciences 28 10%
Nursing and Health Professions 18 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 8 3%
Other 27 10%
Unknown 60 21%

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