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Dietitians' views of overweight and obese people and reported management practices.

Harvey, E.L. and Summerbell, C.D. and Kirk, S.F.L. and Hill, A.J. (2002) 'Dietitians' views of overweight and obese people and reported management practices.', Journal of human nutrition & dietetics., 15 (5). pp. 331-347.


Objectives: To examine dietitians' views of overweight and obese people, to explore the role of level of severity on these perceptions (overweight vs. obesity), and to explore the relationship between dietitians' views and their reported weight management practices. Design: An independent measures survey, questioning dietitians about either overweight or obese people. Participants: One-hundred and eighty-seven members of the British Dietetic Association. Measurements: a questionnaire exploring beliefs about the causes, attitudes, perceptions of responsibility and reported weight management practices. Results: Physical inactivity was identified as an important causative factor for both overweight and obesity. Mood, eating too much of the wrong foods, repeated dieting and interpersonal factors were also seen as relatively important for both groups. Attitudes were mixed, but were generally neutral to positive. The most negative attitudes were described in terms of perceived reduced self-esteem, sexual attractiveness and health. Dietitians rated obese people more negatively than overweight people. They viewed both overweight and obese people as being responsible for their excess weight. They also reported very similar management practices for overweight and obese people. Beliefs about the causes of overweight explained more of the variance in practice than dietitians' attitudes towards or perceived responsibility of overweight and obese people. However, these associations were not consistent and strong, and other factors not investigated here are likely to have a greater influence on weight management practices.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Attitudes, Beliefs, Dietitians, Obesity, Overweight, Practices.
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Date of first online publication:October 2002
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