In Ireland, Beyond Stigma is currently involved in a piece of new research on self-stigma and obesity. The research is being led by Catherine at Trinity College Dublin and Dr. Brendan O'Shea from The Bridge Medical Centre. The goal of the research is to determine the impact of inquiry based stress reduction (ISBR) on the mental health and wellbeing amongst a clinical sample of overweight individuals in Ireland. The study is currently underway and the research protocol can be read below:
Self-stigma in Obesity: What are the effects of Inquiry Based Stress Reduction on mental health and wellbeing among a clinical sample of overweight individuals?
To undertake a qualitative piece of research with 20 individuals who have a BMI of 30 or above over a period of 3 months using ISBR technique with them to address weight related stigma. A facilitator of 'The Work of Byron Katie' will deliver IBSR using standarised guidelines and the process will be evaluated by an independent observer for the purpose of the study.
IBSR has the potential of reducing self-stigma levels and improving the mental health and wellbeing among a sample of overweight adults. IBSR can help create a more positive mind set and depressive symptoms will decrease. This will cause a more positive attitude towards their physical health. This would be consistent with the benefits seen from other types of mindfulness programs.
Investigate if the participants feelings change from the outset to completion. This will be assessed by recording the scores of the Weight Bias Internalisation Scale at the outset and then at the completion of the IBSR sessions. Additionally the Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) scale and the Beck Depression Inventory will be used to record any wellbeing and mental health changes amongst the participants.