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Health professionals’, expert patients’ and dieters’ beliefs and attitudes about obesity

McConnon, A, Gribble, R, Raats, MM, Stubbs, J and Shepherd, R (2013) Health professionals’, expert patients’ and dieters’ beliefs and attitudes about obesity Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 26 (6). pp. 612-616.

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Abstract

Background: Research has suggested that patients and treatment providers hold different beliefs and models of obesity. This could impact consistency and quality of interventions for weight management. This study investigated the attitudes and beliefs of health professionals, commercial weight management advisors (expert patients) and overweight and obese dieters, towards obesity. Methods: Data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire from 287 health professionals, 85 expert patients and 116 dieters. Respondents gave their views on obesity causation and consequences, and the most efficacious means to manage obesity. Demographic data and self-reported height and weight were also collected. Factor analysis, ANOVA and t-tests were used to analyse the data. Results: Health professionals, expert patients and dieters held similar models of obesity, identifying the same causes (lifestyle causes), consequences (medical consequences) and treatments (currentrecommended options) of obesity/overweight. Conclusion: This study indicated broad similarity between beliefs and attitudes of those involved in obesity treatment and those they aim to treat than previously suggested. The concordance of beliefs between patients and treatment providers is an encouraging finding and may have important implications for public health strategies in this area.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
McConnon, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gribble, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Raats, MMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Stubbs, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Shepherd, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 17 March 2013
Identification Number : 10.1111/jhn.12085
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Additional Information : Published as McConnon A, Gribble R, Raats MM, Stubbs J, Shepherd R (2013). Health professionals’, expert patients’ and dieters’ beliefs and attitudes about obesity. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, March 2013; DOI:10.1111/jhn.12085 The definitive version is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jhn.12085/abstract
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 26 Jul 2013 12:16
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:38
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/764010

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