Sakarya University students' fat phobia levels and attitudes towards obese individuals and their correlation with healthy lifestyle behaviours: Knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) study

J Pak Med Assoc. 2018 Sep;68(9):1358-1362.

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate fat phobia levels and attitudes towards obese person among university students to determine their correlation with healthy lifestyle behaviour.

Methods: The knowledge, attitude and practice study was conducted at Sakarya University, Turkey, between May and December 2015, and comprised students of either gender. Data was collected by using the socio-demographic form, fat phobia scale, attitudes toward obese persons scale, and health-promoting lifestyle profile II scale. SPSS 16 was used for data analysis.

Results: Of the 2100 students, 1056(50.3%) were male and 2067(98.4%) were in the 17-26 years age group. The mean fat phobia scale score was 3.72±0.63and mean attitudes toward obese persons scale score was 59.95±0.63. Relationship between fat phobia scale, attitudes toward obese persons scale, and health-promoting lifestyle profile II scale scores was significant (p<0.05).

Conclusions: Fatphobia moderately existed among the students.

Keywords: Attitudes, Fat phobia, Obesity, Student, University. (JPMA 68: 1358; 2018).

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Promotion / methods
  • Healthy Lifestyle*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Needs Assessment
  • Obesity / psychology*
  • Phobic Disorders* / diagnosis
  • Phobic Disorders* / epidemiology
  • Phobic Disorders* / prevention & control
  • Phobic Disorders* / psychology
  • Students* / psychology
  • Students* / statistics & numerical data
  • Turkey / epidemiology
  • Universities