Support for weight-related anti-discrimination laws and policies: Modelling the role of attitudes toward poverty alongside weight stigma, causal attributions about weight, and prejudice

Viren Swami, Martin Voracek, Adrian Furnham, Charlotte Robinson, Ulrich S. Tran

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Abstract

In the present study, we sought to position support for weight-related anti-discrimination laws and policies within a broader political and socioeconomic context. Specifically, we hypothesised that individualistic (rather than structural) anti-poverty attitudes would provide the basis for negative weight-related dispositions. To test this hypothesis, we asked 392 respondents from the United Kingdom to complete measures of support for weight-related anti-discrimination laws and policies, attributions about the causes of being larger-bodied, and weight-related stigma and prejudice. Path analysis with robust maximum likelihood estimation indicated that greater individualistic anti-poverty attitudes were significantly and directly associated with lower support for weight-related anti-discrimination laws and policies. This direct association was also significantly mediated by weight-related stigma and via a serial mediation involving both weight-related stigma and prejudice. Although greater individualistic anti-poverty attitudes were significantly associated with greater personal attributions for being larger-bodied, the latter did not emerge as a significant mediation pathway. The present findings highlight the importance of considering broader political and socioeconomic contextual factors that may provide a basis for the development, maintenance, and manifestation of negative weight-related dispositions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-400
Number of pages10
JournalBody Image
Volume45
Early online date26 Apr 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2023

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Keywords

  • Individualistic attitudes
  • Mediation
  • Path analysis
  • Poverty
  • Prejudice
  • Stigma
  • Weight-related laws
  • Weight-related policies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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