HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Perceptions of peer opinion influences attitudes about obesity

New Haven, Conn.-According to a study at Yale, one of the most effective ways to change negative attitudes about obese people is by addressing perceptions of normative beliefs within particular social groups.

Rebecca Puhl, associate research scientist in the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity and lead author of the study, said the model used in this study, known as social consensus theory, is based on the experience that people generally adopt the attitudes of valued "in-groups," such as peers.

The first of three studies included undergraduate students whose attitudes were recorded before and after the study. It had three parts-including telling students in one group that other students had positive attitudes about obese people, and telling students in a second group that other students had negative attitudes about obese people.

"As predicted, participants who received favorable consensus feedback reported more positive and fewer negative traits about obese people," Puhl said. "This study shows that expressed attitudes can be modified by providing consensus information about the beliefs of others."

The next two studies showed the attitudes of a peer group are more influential than a group that is not as closely allied, and the type of information provided-that obesity is genetically-related or completely within the person's control-also influenced the subjects' attitudes.

Puhl said approaches that combine multiple strategies might be needed to tackle the complexities of obesity stigma. She said the next step is to determine how to implement these methods and to construct and a test for comprehensive stigma reduction intervention.

"Professionals in health care settings can be valuable in these efforts by communicating positive attributes of obese people and educating students about the complex causes of obesity," Puhl said. "This can help eradicate negative attitudes, so that obese individuals do not bear this
'"/>

Contact: Jacqueline Weaver
jacqueline.weaver@yale.edu
203-432-8555
Yale University
29-Sep-2005


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Survey: Perceptions of male culture may deter women from a career in surgery
2. Perceptions of weight important risk factor for suicidal behavior in adolescents
3. SCHIP has been successful overall, should be expanded says new health care opinion leaders survey
4. Second opinion yields treatment changes for half of patients
5. Google-like process for mammogram images speeds up computers second opinions
6. Majority of health care opinion leaders say Medicare Part D helps beneficiaries, changes are needed
7. Pediatricians opinions vary on reporting threshold for suspected child abuse
8. The appetite-regulating peptide leptin influences alcohol craving for some alcoholics
9. Smoking influences Crohns disease
10. Race influences uterine cancer survival
11. Womens skin tone influences perception of beauty, health, age, sociobiologists find

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Perceptions peer opinion influences attitudes about obesity

(Date:7/3/2015)... Red Deer, Alberta (PRWEB) , ... July 03, 2015 , ... ... Camp host their 24-Hour Train-a-Thon where they provide members of the Red Deer community ... This year’s full day of fitness training, games, food, events and entertainment raised thousands ...
(Date:7/2/2015)... ... ... Following the recent report by JAMA Internal Medicine published on ... Samir Becic emphatically declared a war on obesity in the United States. , "Obesity ... must understand the magnitude of this discovery. For that reason, I am declaring, along ...
(Date:7/2/2015)... ... , ... In 2012, Patrick Achebe realized that the gift of poetry was fully in him, ... his first poem, and three years later he was publishing an entire book of poetry. ... the world. "I have always believed that the best way to lift yourself up, is ...
(Date:7/2/2015)... ... ... Six months ahead of his 80th birthday, Don Stevenson has reached the ... the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA). Stevenson began the walk in Washington State three ... He left Glasgow, Mont. yesterday morning and is making his way to Wolf Point. ...
(Date:7/2/2015)... CA (PRWEB) , ... July 02, 2015 , ... ... of Dr. Divakar R. Krishnareddy, M.D., to the orthopedic and spine surgery team ... disc herniations, sprains, strains, bursitis, and tendonitis. Along with the spine and spine ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Red Deer Fitness Studio Raises $10,000 for Charity Organization with 24-Hour Train-a-Thon 2Health News:Red Deer Fitness Studio Raises $10,000 for Charity Organization with 24-Hour Train-a-Thon 3Health News:Samir Becic's Health Fitness Revolution Declares War Against Obesity in America 2Health News:Samir Becic's Health Fitness Revolution Declares War Against Obesity in America 3Health News:Samir Becic's Health Fitness Revolution Declares War Against Obesity in America 4Health News:Patrick Achebe Releases Debut Book, Whispering Waves: Poems for Everyday Grace 2Health News:79-Year-old ‘Pacing Parson’ Passes 1,000-Mile Mark in Cross-Country Walk for Pulmonary Hypertension Association 2Health News:79-Year-old ‘Pacing Parson’ Passes 1,000-Mile Mark in Cross-Country Walk for Pulmonary Hypertension Association 3Health News:Healthpointe Welcomes Dr. Divakar R. Krishnareddy to its Orthopedic Team in Anaheim 2Health News:Healthpointe Welcomes Dr. Divakar R. Krishnareddy to its Orthopedic Team in Anaheim 3
(Date:7/2/2015)... 2015 According to a new market ... Stimulation, Spinal Cord Stimulation, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), Application (Depression, Parkinson,s, ... 2020", published by MarketsandMarkets, the global Neuromodulation Market is estimated ... $6.20 Billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 11.2% during ... 4 market data T ables and ...
(Date:7/2/2015)... , July 2, 2015 Numotion,s Board ... Officer announced that Tamas Feitel has joined ... joins Numotion after a highly successful 18 year career ... roles driving strategy, profitability, and productivity to result in ... recent position was Chief Financial Officer for GE Healthcare ...
(Date:7/2/2015)... , June 25, 2015 ... ) has announced the addition of the ... and Immunodiagnostics: Global Challenges, Emerging Technologies, Competitive ... 2015 New Frontiers in Clinical Chemistry ... Landscape is a new seven-country strategic analysis ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Neuromodulation Market Worth $6.20 Billion by 2020 2Neuromodulation Market Worth $6.20 Billion by 2020 3Neuromodulation Market Worth $6.20 Billion by 2020 4Numotion Names Tamas Feitel Chief Financial Officer 2New Frontiers in 2015 Global Clinical Chemistry and Immunodiagnostics Market: Challenges, Emerging Technologies, Competitive Landscape 2
Cached News: