This study sought to explore the range of beliefs about weightgain and whether these beliefs varied according to personal weightmanagement history. A questionnaire specifically designed for thestudy was completed by 376 participants (94 males, 282 females;mean age 43.65 years, SD=13.24). Principal component analysisidentified five causal attribution factors which were interpreted asLack-of-Self-Control, Lifestyle-Limitations, Psychological,Biological/Medical, and Modern-Living. The level of endorsementfor these causal attribution factors suggested an acknowledgementof the multiple causes to weight gain. However, the most highlyendorsed factor, Lack-of-Self Control, reflected the'commonsense' view of weight gain being a matter of overeating,under-exercising and lacking in self control. Personal weightmanagement history was found to be associated with variations inbeliefs with the more effort one had applied to weightmanagement; the more highly they endorsed causes both withinand outside of individual control.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Event||Cognitive Science Society Annual Conference - Sapporo, Japan, Japan|
Duration: 01 Aug 2012 → 04 Aug 2012
|Conference||Cognitive Science Society Annual Conference|
|Period||01/08/12 → 04/08/12|