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Research Article

Health Education: The Influences of the Obesity-Related Stereotypes on Evaluations of Different Body Shapes in High School Girls

Yong-Jie Jang1, Ka-I Che2 and Mein-Woei Suen3*

1Department of Psychology, Nantong University, China

2Department of Psychology, National Cheng Chi University, Taiwan, China

3Department of Psychology, Asia University, Taiwan, China

*Corresponding Author:
Mein-Woei S
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Asia University, Taiwan, China
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Received date: May 16, 2017; Accepted date: May 28, 2017; Published date: June 12, 2017

Citation: Yong-Jie J, Ka-I C, Mein-Woei S (2017) Health Education: The Influences of the Obesity-Related Stereotypes on Evaluations of Different Body Shapes in High School Girls. J Women's Health Care 6:371. doi:10.4172/2167-0420.1000371

Copyright: © 2017 Yong-Jie J, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Background: Obesity is an important problem of health in teenagers. However, health problem is not the only problem but also a society problem with who gets obese. The obesity-related stereotypes become more important issue nowadays, which gets the idea that the person is lazy, sporting less, greedy etc.

Objective: To establish an obesity-related stereotypes scale and to examine the effect of the obesity-related stereotypes among Taiwan and Macau senior high school girls are the aims.

Methods and Results: Pilot study (N=138) selects an appropriate figure scale and the standard and obesity figures were occupied in main experiment. Then, the main experiment (N=221; 103 Taiwan & 118 Macau girls) conduct a Chinese-version Obesity-related Stereotype Scale with three factors (with 13 items): Unwell Personal Performance (6 items), Poor Interpersonal Perception (4 items), and Inappropriate Life Style (3 items). Results show that: 1. Girls in stereotype activation condition show high scores of stereotype scores; 2. There is no significant difference between Taiwan and Macau sample; 3. Girls with underweight and normal-weights tempt to expect lower body weight rather than standard body weight group, but ones with overweight did not.

Conclusion: The senior high school girls do have the obesity-related stereotypes. While stereotypes have been activated by using the obesity figures, girls will show obvious stereotype on the scale. There is no difference between Taiwan and Macau girls.

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