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Weight-control effort can increase obesity stereotyping

Mussap, Alexander J., Manger, Emily and Gold, Ron S. 2016, Weight-control effort can increase obesity stereotyping, Personality and individual differences, vol. 88, pp. 178-181, doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.09.014.

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Title Weight-control effort can increase obesity stereotyping
Author(s) Mussap, Alexander J.
Manger, Emily
Gold, Ron S.
Journal name Personality and individual differences
Volume number 88
Start page 178
End page 181
Total pages 4
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-01
ISSN 0191-8869
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Psychology, Social
Psychology
Obesity
Stigma
Prejudice
Weight loss
Women
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Summary This study investigated how information about weight-control effort influences obesity stereotyping. 763 participants (583 women, 172 men, 8 undeclared) read a brief vignette about a fictional woman who was described as either obese and of unhealthy weight or of normal/healthy weight, and who either did or did not make efforts to control her weight through diet and exercise, and then rated her across a number of personal characteristics. MANOVA revealed that the woman described as obese was rated as more likely to suffer from an illness in the future, more unattractive, weak-willed, lazy, unhappy, emotional, unpopular, unintelligent, unsuccessful, and less likely to find a romantic partner. Weight-control effort improved ratings of the normal-weight woman but made no difference to, or worsened, ratings of the woman described as obese. These results highlight the prevalence and persistence of obesity stereotypes, and are discussed in relation to attributional models of prejudice.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.paid.2015.09.014
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30090007

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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