Perceptions Towards Obese Adults and Children Among Senior-level Female Nutrition and Non-nutrition Students

dc.contributor.advisorDwyer, John J.M.
dc.contributor.authorStarr, Andrea A.A.
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-12T18:23:24Z
dc.date.available2014-08-12T18:23:24Z
dc.date.copyright2014-07
dc.date.created2014-07-25
dc.date.issued2014-08-12
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Family Relations and Applied Nutritionen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.degree.programmeApplied Nutritionen_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis, guided by a phenomenological approach, utilized mixed-methodology to explore senior-level female undergraduate students’ perceptions towards obesity. Twenty nutrition students (i.e., group of interest) and 20 non-nutrition students (i.e., comparison group) completed questionnaires and a semi-structured interview. Quantitative analysis highlighted similar implicit and explicit weight-bias attitudes among nutrition and non-nutrition students. Qualitative analysis identified similar perceptions towards obesity among both groups. Thematic analysis identified various themes for (a) causes, treatment, and prevention of adult and childhood obesity, (b) material regarding obesity, weight-bias, and fitness in university curriculum, and (c) the influence of education on attitudes towards obesity. The similar attitudes and perceptions towards obesity among both groups of participants suggest that obesity, weight bias, and fitness warrant more coverage in the nutrition curriculum. These findings can be used to address perceptions towards obesity in nutrition curriculum and can help to develop interventions to tackle stereotypes and stigma towards obesity.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/8280
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rightsAttribution 2.5 Canada*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/ca/*
dc.subjectObesityen_US
dc.subjectPerceptionsen_US
dc.subjectWeight Biasen_US
dc.subjectNutritionen_US
dc.subjectFitnessen_US
dc.subjectCurriculumen_US
dc.titlePerceptions Towards Obese Adults and Children Among Senior-level Female Nutrition and Non-nutrition Studentsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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