Behavioral correlates and discrimination in weight bias – an experimental approach (Prof. Dr. Claudia Luck-Sikorski)

People with obesity are confronted with negative opinions and rejection (stigmatization). Scientists assume that stigmatization leads to discrimination e. g. in work life. Yet, so far there is too few scientific data on this phe-nomenon. This study investigates the causes and mechanisms of discrimination. In a specific experiment the reactions of study participants towards obese persons within social interaction will be scrutinized. Furthermore, judgments and reactions referring to health care issues of obese patients are being tested via questionnaires and notional portrayals of individuals. Also trial lessons in a fitness center of normal- and overweight persons will be analyzed. Moreover, the income differences of these groups in work life are being examined.

Duration: 01.05.2015 – 30.04.2019

Description of project

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Head of project

Prof. Dr. rer. med. Claudia Luck-Sikorski

Head of research group "Stigmatization and internalized stigma in obesity"
Member: student career board
Head of project

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claudia [dot] sikorski [at] medizin [dot] uni-leipzig [dot] de