Beyond BMI: Pregnancy-related weight stigma increases risk of gestational diabetes


      • Prenatal weight stigma concerns was associated with gestational diabetes.
      • The gestational diabetes and weight stigma association was stronger than with BMI.
      • This is the first investigation of prenatal weight stigma and gestational diabetes.
      • The intersection between weight stigma and diabetes requires further research.


      The objective of this research brief was to assess if prenatal weight stigma is a predictive factor for perinatal complications compared to pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI). Data were assessed from 358 women. Results indicated weight stigma concerns increased the odds of gestational diabetes, with a stronger association than BMI.


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