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Effects of weight stigma on exercise motivation and behavior: a preliminary investigation among college-aged females.
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PMID:  18086724     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined the relation between weight stigma, exercise motivation and exercise behavior. One hundred female undergraduates (BMIs [kg/m(2)] 17-38) completed measures of experiences with weight stigma, body dissatisfaction, self-esteem and exercise motivation, and reported on their exercise behavior. Stigma experiences were positively correlated with BMI and body dissatisfaction. Importantly, stigma experiences were related to increased desire to avoid exercise, even when controlling for BMI and body dissatisfaction. Exercise avoidance was in turn related to less frequent strenuous and moderate exercise. These findings suggest that weight stigma (through its impact on avoidance motivation) could potentially decrease physical activity levels.
Lenny R Vartanian; Jacqueline G Shaprow
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of health psychology     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1359-1053     ISO Abbreviation:  J Health Psychol     Publication Date:  2008 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-12-18     Completed Date:  2008-04-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9703616     Medline TA:  J Health Psychol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  131-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Syracuse University, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Body Image
Body Mass Index
New England
Obesity / psychology*

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