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Record identifier : 568920
Personal Name - Primary Intelectual Responsibility : Tingstrom, Catherine Ann
Title and statement of responsibility : The impact of an obesity awareness intervention on anti-fat attitudes and expectations of pre-service physical educators [Thesis]
Publication, Distribution,Etc. : The University of New Mexico, 2008
Language of the Item : eng
Dissertation of thesis details and type of degree : Ph.D
Body granting the degree : , The University of New Mexico
Summary or Abstract : In 1997, the World Health Organization declared obesity a global health epidemic. Unfortunately, children are not immune to this growing epidemic. Specific causes of childhood obesity are not clear; however, improper diet and inadequate physical activity are considered primary factors.Anti-fat bias or negative attitudes toward overweight individuals are prevalent in today's society. Overweight youth are not exempt from the stigma of obesity. Physical educators are in a key position to positively impact physical activity among youth at risk for obesity; however, the presence of an anti-fat bias may inhibit their ability to do so.he need existed to examine the potential of a pre-service intervention that addressed stigma reduction efforts that can be utilized by current and future physical educators.This study was designed to determine if a brief obesity awareness intervention could ameliorate anti-fat biases among pre-service physical teachers and consequently impact expectations of performance and ability as well as intentions to comply with recommended best practices. Data was collected from undergraduate students in physical education teacher education programs at two universities. Fifty participants completed a pre-and post-test that identified anti-fat bias, performance and ability expectations and intent to adjust instructional strategies. The treatment group received a brief obesity awareness intervention. Instruments used included the Anti-Fat Attitude Scale and Expectations and Abilities Questionnaire.A multi-factor ANOVA was selected to assess the existence of anti-fat bias and whether there was a difference in anti-fat bias after an intervention. The same statistical analysis was used to assess the likelihood of adjusting instructional strategies to meet the needs of overweight youth in physical education. Pearson's r measured the relationship between anti-fat bias and expectations of performance, ability and the intent to comply with recommended best practices after an obesity intervention.Results indicated a significant difference in anti-fat bias after an obesity awareness intervention. Participants also indicated a higher likelihood to adjust instructional strategies after an intervention. Results indicated a significant relationship between anti-fat bias and performance expectations after an obesity awareness intervention..
Topical Name Used as Subject : Physical education
: Teacher education
Information of biblio record : TL
 
 
 
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