New Research: How Weight-Based Victimization Impact the Health of Sexual and Gender Minority Adolescents


According to New Rudd Center Report, approximately 20% of U.S. adolescents have obesity. Of this group, sexual minority females have higher body weight compared to their heterosexual peers, making them particularly vulnerable to weight-based teasing and bullying, also known as weight-based victimization (WBV). WBV is a common form of bullying associated with maladaptive eating, and poor weight-related health. The research, recently published in Appetite by Science Direct is the first large-scale study to examine how weight based bullying affects eating behaviors, dieting, and weight-related health among this population.