Historically, weight stigma and fat phobia have been shown to be significant negative influences on motivations to be active. In our recent research, which focused on the physical activity experiences of individuals living in rural and regional environments in New South Wales, we found that many individuals experienced exclusion, discrimination, and reluctance to participate that specifically related to their weight or body. In this presentation, we will explore how the emphasis on weight/fat and weight/fat loss in promoting physical activity has shifted over time towards a weight inclusive approach, where being active for other physical, as well as emotional, spiritual and social reasons are emphasised. We will then make the case for implementing a weight inclusive approach to assist individuals to identify safe and meaningful ways to be active.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2023
EventAustralian Society for Sports History Biennial Conference - Canberra, Australia
Duration: 01 Jul 2007 → …


ConferenceAustralian Society for Sports History Biennial Conference
Period01/07/07 → …


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