Beliefs about causes of obesity: A comparison of Australian doctors, psychologists and community members

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The current study aimed to investigate differences in beliefs about causes of obesity between Australian doctors,
psychologists and a community sample. Forty-one doctors, 66 psychologists and 98 community members completed
questionnaires regarding beliefs about causes to obesity, including measures of obesity stigma. The results showed
a consistent pattern of beliefs across groups, with all three groups having strong beliefs about behavioural and
psychological causes to obesity. Further, results showed that the three groups did not have particularly strong or
weak antifat attitudes and although they did not have overly favourable attitudes towards obese people, their
attitudes were not highly negative. However, stronger antifat attitudes were found to be predictive of beliefs about
behavioural and psychological causes, while weaker antifat attitudes were predictive of beliefs about biological
causes of obesity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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