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Perception of overweight and obesity from different angles: A qualitative study.
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PMID:  22637366     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Aims: Up to this date, the obesity pandemic has yet to be confined, with prevalence rates still rising in most countries. Aside from numerous negative consequences such as comorbid diseases and a reduction in life expectancy due to excessive bodyweight and the economic impact of obesity on healthcare systems, negative outcomes in overweight and obese individuals are also affected by perceived stigmatisation and discrimination. Knowledge of common views and perception overweight and obesity in the general public as well as in specific populations (e.g. healthcare professionals) is crucial in order to develop stigma-reduction interventions. The specific aim of the current study was to develop an appropriate questionnaire to be used in the survey to follow and further to enhance existing instruments. Methods: This qualitative study reports results from focus groups with normal-weight and overweight individuals as well as healthcare professionals. Results: Contents of the discussion of overweight and obesity did not differ substantially between the three groups. Results show that the definition of obesity in our focus groups is a subjective construct influenced mainly by aesthetics, sympathy, and activity. Within the groups, obesity was mainly seen as a controllable condition; however, external, such as societal, factors were named as well. In line with this and as expected from theoretical background, obese individuals are ascribed mainly negative attributions. Conclusions: With these results, this study enlightens lived realities of different groups of people. The results can be applied to improve existing instruments for the measurement of attitudes towards obesity.
Claudia Sikorski; Christiane Riedel; Melanie Luppa; Beate Schulze; Perla Werner; Hans-Helmut König; Steffi G Riedel-Heller
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of public health     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1651-1905     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand J Public Health     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883503     Medline TA:  Scand J Public Health     Country:  Sweden    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  271-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
1IFB Adiposity Diseases, Leipzig University Medical Center, Leipzig, Germany.
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