Disgust predicts prejudice and discrimination toward individuals with obesity

Vartanian, Lenny R., Trewartha, Tara and Vanman, Eric J. (2016) Disgust predicts prejudice and discrimination toward individuals with obesity. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 46 6: 369-375. doi:10.1111/jasp.12370

Author Vartanian, Lenny R.
Trewartha, Tara
Vanman, Eric J.
Title Disgust predicts prejudice and discrimination toward individuals with obesity
Journal name Journal of Applied Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1559-1816
Publication date 2016-06-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/jasp.12370
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 46
Issue 6
Start page 369
End page 375
Total pages 7
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This study examined the relevance of disgust to evaluations of an obese target person, and the connection between disgust and prejudice toward that person. Participants (=598) viewed an image of an obese or non-obese woman, and then evaluated that woman on a number of dimensions (emotions, attitudes, stereotypes, desire for social distance). Compared with the non-obese target, the obese target elicited more disgust, more negative attitudes and stereotypes, and a greater desire for social distance. Furthermore, disgust mediated the effect of the target's body size on all of the outcome variables (attitudes, stereotypes, social distance). Disgust plays an important role in prejudice and discrimination toward individuals with obesity, and might in part explain the pervasiveness of weight bias.
Keyword Disgust
Prejudice and discrimination
Weight bias
Individuals with obesity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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