Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Body Image. 2007 Sep;4(3):249-56. Epub 2007 Jul 24.

Body image and explicit and implicit anti-fat attitudes: the mediating role of physical appearance comparisons.

Author information

  • 1School of Health Sciences, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia. kobrien@uow.edu.au

Abstract

Prejudice against overweight people is rife. However, there is a paucity of research on the underlying reasons for it. In two studies the relationship between body image, the tendency to make physical appearance-related comparisons (PACS), and both explicit and implicit anti-fat attitudes was examined. In Study 1 (n = 227) people with a high tendency to make physical appearance-related comparisons (high PACS scorers) reported lower self-appearance evaluation, but higher appearance orientation and explicit anti-fat attitudes. The PACS fully mediated the relationship between appearance orientation and explicit anti-fat attitudes. Study 2 (n = 134) found that the PACS also mediated the relationship between appearance orientation and implicit anti-fat attitudes. Thus, individual differences in factors such as body image and the tendency to make appearance-related comparisons, appear to play a central role in both explicit and implicit anti-fat attitudes.

PMID:
18089271
DOI:
10.1016/j.bodyim.2007.06.001
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Loading ...
    Support Center