The role of self-disgust in eating psychopathology in overweight and obesity: Can self-compassion be useful?

J Health Psychol. 2019 Nov;24(13):1807-1816. doi: 10.1177/1359105317702212. Epub 2017 Apr 17.


This study explores the relationship between self-disgust and eating psychopathology and whether self-compassion plays a mediator role on this relationship. Participants were 203 adults, from both genders, with overweight and obesity (MBMI = 31.17, standard deviation = 5.43). Women reported higher levels of self-disgust and eating psychopathology and lower levels of self-compassion than men. Path analysis results suggested that the effect of self-disgust on eating psychopathology occurred partially through one's inability to be self-compassionate. The results highlight the damaging role of self-disgust on eating psychopathology and the importance of developing a more compassionate attitude towards the self to promote healthy eating behaviors.

Keywords: eating psychopathology; overweight and obesity; path analysis; self-compassion; self-disgust.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Disgust*
  • Empathy*
  • Feeding Behavior / psychology*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Obesity / psychology
  • Overweight / psychology*
  • Portugal
  • Self Concept*