Weight Loss ManagementObesity Stigma as a Barrier to Healthy Eating BehaviorSchmalz, Dorothy L. PhD; Colistra, Craig M. MSAuthor Information Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. Correspondence: Dorothy L. Schmalz, PhD, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, Clemson University, 128 McGinty Court, 263 Lehotsky Hall, Clemson, SC 29634 (firstname.lastname@example.org). This study was conducted with assistance from an internal grant supplied by the College of Health Education and Human Development at Clemson University. The submitted article is an original piece produced by the listed authors and does not reflect the position or beliefs of the institution or funder. Schmalz and Colistra have no conflicts of interest with the information presented in this article. Topics in Clinical Nutrition: January/March 2016 - Volume 31 - Issue 1 - p 86-94 doi: 10.1097/TIN.0000000000000060 Buy Metrics Abstract Obesity stigma is highly prevalent in society and is acted upon by friends, family, teachers, and medical professionals. Widely held stereotypes and internalization thereof can negatively affect behavior change. Ways in which weight-related stigma consciousness, body esteem, and attitudes toward obese people play a role in eating behaviors were explored. Results showed that possession of a negative attitude toward obese people was related to stigma consciousness, low body esteem, and higher perceived barriers to healthy eating. Weight stigma and internalization of weight stigmata can be disempowering, and potentially undermine efforts to treat and prevent obesity. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.