International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 11 Num. 2 - June 2011


The Effect of Work Discrimination on the Well-being of Obese People

Volume 11 Num. 2 - June 2011 - Pages 255-267


Alejandro Magallares , J. Francisco Morales , Miguel ?ngel Rubio


Obesity, a serious health problem affecting millions of people in industrialized societies, has also a social dimension that has been mostly ignored by the medical and social sciences. In order to prove that discrimination in the workplace has a bearing on the well-being of obese people, an experimental study was designed in which 110 obese patients of a big Spanish hospital who were at the moment following a weight reduction treatment took part. As expected, a negative relation between discrimination and well-being was found and, in addition, this relationship was mediated by participants? work skills. Stereotype threat effects for obese people in the workplace were also considered.

Key words:

obesity, discrimination, job, welfare

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