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Anales de Psicología

On-line version ISSN 1695-2294Print version ISSN 0212-9728

Abstract

PEREDA-PEREDA, Eva; ECHEBURUA, Enrique  and  CRUZ-SAEZ, María Soledad. Anti-fat bias and school adjustment among primary school children in Spain. Anal. Psicol. [online]. 2019, vol.35, n.1, pp.75-83. ISSN 1695-2294.  http://dx.doi.org/10.6018/analesps.35.1.311731.

The aim of the present study was to investigate stereotypes and prejudices among children and schoolteachers toward overweight/obesity. Two thousand fifty-five 8- to 12-year-olds and their teachers took part in the study. Children's body mass index, children's perceptions of overweight/obesity and teachers' assessment of school adjustment were measured. Students, particularly younger children, ascribed less positive attributes and more negative attributes to fat figures. Furthermore, in a task to assess their behavioral intentions to participate in social and recreational activities according to target's body size, the fat figure was the least frequently chosen. Teachers reported lower overall school adjustment for overweight/obese students. Future research should examine cost-effective interventions to prevent anti-fat bias and to promote healthy school climate.

Keywords : Anti-fat bias; Overweight/obesity; Child; Teacher; School adjustment.

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