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ERIC Number: EJ1097416
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Obesity Education as an Intervention to Reduce Weight Bias in Fashion Students
Christel, Deborah A.
Journal of Education and Learning, v5 n2 p170-179 2016
The purpose of this work was to explore the effectiveness of an educational intervention aimed at reducing weight bias. Senior fashion students (n = 11) enrolled in a 16 week special topics course, "plus-size swimwear design," completed assignments of selected obesity related educational readings and guided critical reflection. Student assignments were analyzed for qualitative evidence regarding weight bias. The Beliefs About Obese Persons scale was administered before and after the intervention with mean scores tested for statistical significance. The intervention increased student perceptions that genetic and environmental factors play an important role in the cause of obesity and decreased students' negative stereotypes regarding obese consumers. Educational reading and critical reflection was effective in improving fashion students' beliefs and stereotypes regarding obese people. This widely accessible and easily replicable program can serve as a model and springboard for further development of educational interventions to reduce weight bias among fashion related students.
Descriptors: Obesity, Intervention, Social Bias, Reading Assignments, Reflection, Surveys, Scores, Genetics, Environmental Influences, Stereotypes, Student Attitudes, Attitude Change, Beliefs, Clothing, Mixed Methods Research, College Students
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