Obesity, Eating Behaviors and Stigma among Service Members

June 23, 2016; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

Despite the fact that a majority of Americans are overweight, individuals who are overweight or obese are frequent targets of stigma and prejudice in multiple domains, including employment, education, health care and portrayal in the media. The psychological consequences of weight stigma include low self-esteem, poor body image, depression, anxiety and suicidal behaviors. Maintaining weight standards across the Defense Department may be a challenge for service members who are overweight or obese and they may experience related stigma and bias.

This webinar will highlight Defense Department weight standards and explain the construct of weight stigma and its impact on active-duty service members. In addition, it will discuss the Fit4Duty study, which seeks to reduce excess weight gain in the military population, and recommendations for how to address the issue of obesity in health care settings.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Interpret the construct of weight stigma and the potentially adverse effect of weight stigma on the psychological functioning of active-duty service members with overweight and obesity
  • Use new strategies to address excess weight among service members without shame or bias
  • Recognize the presence of weight stigma within the military in order to more effectively address presenting medical, psychological and social issues


Natasha A. Schvey, Ph.D.
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Bethesda, Maryland


Vladimir Nacev, Ph.D., ABPP
Acting Chief, Implementation Division Deployment Health Clinical Center Silver Spring, Maryland

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG). You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) June 23, 2016, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families.


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