The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental wellbeing of people with obesity. A recent cross-sectional study from ten European countries has shed light on the unique challenges faced by this population during the pandemic. The study, published in the journal Obesity, found that people with obesity experienced higher levels of perceived weight-related stigma, loneliness, and poorer mental wellbeing than those without obesity.

The study included 1,872 participants from ten European countries. Participants were asked to complete a survey that assessed their perceived weight-related stigma, loneliness, and mental wellbeing. The results showed that people with obesity experienced significantly higher levels of perceived weight-related stigma, loneliness, and poorer mental wellbeing than those without obesity.

The study found that perceived weight-related stigma was associated with higher levels of loneliness and poorer mental wellbeing. This suggests that people with obesity may be more likely to experience loneliness and poorer mental wellbeing due to the stigma they experience.

The study also found that people with obesity were more likely to report feeling lonely and having poorer mental wellbeing than those without obesity. This suggests that people with obesity may be more vulnerable to the negative impacts of the pandemic on their mental wellbeing.

The findings of this study highlight the need for interventions to address the unique challenges faced by people with obesity during the pandemic. Interventions should focus on reducing perceived weight-related stigma and increasing social support for people with obesity. Additionally, interventions should focus on improving access to mental health services for people with obesity.

Overall, this study provides important insights into the unique challenges faced by people with obesity during the pandemic. The findings suggest that people with obesity are more likely to experience perceived weight-related stigma, loneliness, and poorer mental wellbeing than those without obesity. Interventions should focus on reducing perceived weight-related stigma and increasing social support for people with obesity. Additionally, interventions should focus on improving access to mental health services for people with obesity.