Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences


Human Development, Family Sciences and Rural Sociology


Becnel, Jennifer

Committee Member/Reader

Williams, Amanda

Committee Member/Second Reader

Jozkowski, Kristen


Emerging adulthood is a developmental period in which college-aged individuals have greater risk for lower self-esteem and more issues with body image. Emerging adulthood is also a time where weight gain is likely to happen and weight is linked to experiences of weight stigma. This study sought to examine the associations between body image, self-esteem, weight, and weight stigma in male and female college students of healthy weight and excess weight. Findings suggest there are strong associations between issues with body image, low self-esteem, and weight stigma among females and males. Further, regardless of weight status, correlations between body image, self-esteem, and weight stigma associations were the same direction and of similar magnitude. Finally, this study found that weight stigma significantly mediated the relationship between body mass index and self-esteem.