Strategies to change body shape among men and women who attend fitness centre

McCabe, Marita and James, Tegan 2009, Strategies to change body shape among men and women who attend fitness centre, Asia-Pacific journal of public health, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 268-278, doi: 10.1177/1010539509335498.

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Title Strategies to change body shape among men and women who attend fitness centre
Author(s) McCabe, Marita
James, Tegan
Journal name Asia-Pacific journal of public health
Volume number 21
Issue number 3
Start page 268
End page 278
Total pages 11
Publisher Science Press
Place of publication Hong Kong
Publication date 2009-07
ISSN 1010-5395
Keyword(s) fitness center attendees
health risk behaviors
increase muscles
lose weight
Summary The current study examined the association between exercise behaviors, disordered eating, and other behaviors to change body shape among fitness center attendees. The participants were 520 adults (245 men, 275 women) who attended fitness centers. Data were gathered using an anonymous questionnaire. Women who attended fitness centers were generally trying to lose weight and improve fitness; men were generally trying to increase their muscles and improve their fitness level. Reasons for exercise predicted the nature of the body change strategies adopted by respondents. Regression analyses demonstrated that exercises performed by people who attend fitness centers are a reflection of whether or not they want to lose weight, increase muscle or improve fitness. All groups were equally likely to engage in health risk behaviors, but the specific nature of these behaviors varied by group. The implications of these findings for health-related messages among people who attend fitness centers are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1010539509335498
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, APJPH
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