The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have documented an increase in fat people in recent decades, which is being met with a backlash of anti-fat biases, or fatmisia. Fatmisia is prevalent in most aspects of society, especially among fat people who have internalized fatmisia. Utilizing a diagnostic questionnaire in combination with the Fat Phobia Scale–Short Form and the Weight Bias Internalization Scale, this study explored the relationship between client body size, the presence of a major depressive disorder (MDD) diagnosis, and if applicable, the severity of MDD symptoms assigned by counselor trainees (N = 113). Results were analyzed using one-way analysis of variance and covariance. This sample (N = 113) significantly differed in diagnoses assigned to obese clients by assigning more severe MDD. Study limitations and implications are discussed.
Fatmisia and Clinical Counseling Decision-Making in Master’s-Level Counselor Trainees
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Kaitlyn M. Forristal, John M. Laux, Madeline Clark, Jennifer L. Reynolds, Taylor M. Nelson; Fatmisia and Clinical Counseling Decision-Making in Master’s-Level Counselor Trainees. Journal of Mental Health Counseling 1 October 2021; 43 (4): 336–353. doi: https://doi.org/10.17744/mehc.43.4.04
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