Weight Stigma In frequent exercisers: overt, demeaning and condescending

FLINT, Stuart and REALE, Sophie (2016). Weight Stigma In frequent exercisers: overt, demeaning and condescending. Journal of Health Psychology. (In Press)

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The aim of this study was to qualitatively examine weight stigma in individuals who exercise frequently. In total, six focus groups, comprising 30 participants aged 18–25 years, were conducted using convenience sampling. All participants were frequent exercisers. Five themes emerged in the data with participants discussing bullying, the consequences of obesity, causes of obesity, lack of willpower and interventions to reduce obesity. This study is the first qualitative examination of weight stigmatisation in frequent exercisers, where the beliefs reported by focus group participants suggest that frequent exercisers stigmatise, discriminate and dehumanise obese people. Future research to examine the impact of weight stigma on exercise motivation and behaviour of obese people appears warranted.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
Identification Number: 10.1177/1359105316656232
Depositing User: Alison Gratton
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2016 08:11
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2016 21:16
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12715

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