Many people who are overweight experience negative stigma related to their weight. This happens when negative attitudes and beliefs towards overweight people lead to prejudice, harmful actions and discrimination. This can harm health. Research shows that weight stigma can increase risk of disease, such as type 2 diabetes, by increasing overeating, depression, weight gain, and poor blood sugar control. In this study, researchers found that over half of participants with type 2 diabetes (53%) experienced weight stigma, and 26% reported their weight was a barrier to getting good health care. Also, nearly half of people with type 2 diabetes felt judged by a doctor or healthcare provider. Participants also felt negative stigma related to diabetes, such as feelings of blame and judgement for their condition. Overall, women reported more weight stigma than men. White women are at higher risk than Black women for weight and diabetes related stigma. This study shows that people with type 2 diabetes felt more weight stigma than the general population. To ensure that people with type 2 diabetes get good healthcare, health workers must reduce negative stigma associated with weight and diabetes, for example, through sensitive and respectful communication.


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