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Weight bias, health consciousness and behavioral actions (activities)

Wood, M and Shukla, P (2016) 'Weight bias, health consciousness and behavioral actions (activities).' Eating Behaviors, 23. 200 - 205. ISSN 1471-0153

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Objective This study examines the influence of weight bias and health consciousness on eating and dietary behavior; it also investigates the role of normative influences. Design and methods A sample of adults living in South-East England (N = 498) completed anonymous questionnaires about their diet, attitudes and beliefs towards obese people, health consciousness and normative influences. The survey included validated measures of anti-fat attitudes, and beliefs about obese people. Results The findings demonstrate anti-fat attitudes are positively related to self-perceived dietary behavior. Surprisingly, self-perceived dietary behavior is negatively related to health consciousness and activities designed to enable healthy eating, for example meal planning. Significant differences exist between people with, or without, obese family members. Conclusions Attempts to improve eating behavior by raising health consciousness and offering related support activities may fail; promoting health eating may also contribute to weight bias in society. However, interventions which focus on the negative impact of obesity itself may have a positive effect.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Paurav Shukla
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2016 13:20
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2021 10:16

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