Obesity Stigma and it Psychological Implications- Update 3- Research Summary

My Final Week:

My final week was a relatively easy process, thanks to some excellent feedback from my advisor, Dr. Catherine Forestell, who helped me streamline and organize my paper. She provided me with some good suggestions for specific areas of research to fill out the scope of my argument, including the impact of obesity stigma directed toward children and the importance of resilience in limiting the impact of obesity stigma. She also suggested that I look to other branches of stigma research for ideas, which turned out to be very fruitful, as I was able to make my suggestions for future research much more specific and targeted. Unfortunately, I was unable to finish my final draft within the time frame that I set for myself, so I have had to spend a few makes making my final revisions.

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Obesity Stigma and its psychological implications- Update 2 – First Draft

As week three of four draws to a close, I have finished the second stage of my research process- outlining and writing. The outlining part of stage 2 was a relatively quick process. As I mentioned in my first blog post, I had already begun envisioning what I wanted to do with the final product while I was still in the process of searching for sources, so all I really had to on that front was write down my plan.

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Obesity Stigma and its Psychological Implications- Update 1- Compiling, Compiling, and Compiling some more

On Monday, June 18th, I began my first of four weeks’ research on obesity stigma and its relationship to psychological issues in the obese. As my first week draws to a close, I think it is as logical a time as any to write my first blog post.

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Ian Cropley Freshman Monroe Project- Abstract

Obesity is heavily stigmatized and obese people are regularly stereotyped and discriminated against. Because obesity and obesity-related stigma are so prevalent, it is important to understand obesity stigma and how it is related to self-perception in obese people. Over the summer I will investigate the relationship between prevailing attitudes toward obesity and psychological outcomes associated with them. The primary goal of this research is to synthesize current scholarship to gain a better understanding of attitudes and stereotypes associated with body size and shape and how these stereotypes affect behavior. To do this, I will access online psychology databases, consolidate and synthesize the research that has been conducted in this area, and write a comprehensive review on this topic. Understanding the role of obesity stigma in psychological attitudes and behaviors could help with the development of evidence-based strategies for people who struggle with psychological problems related to weight.

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