An Exploration of Attitudes toward Obesity and its Association with Dietary Intake and Percent Body Fat between Dietetic and Non-Dietetic Majors

by Dubale, Gauri Manohar

Abstract (Summary)
This study aimed at exploring the attitudes toward obesity and its association with dietary intake and percent body fat between dietetic and non-dietetic majors. Sample comprised of 76 dietetic and non-dietetic majors from Ohio University who were 18 years or older and females. Attitudes toward the obesity were determined using 14-item Fat Phobia Scale. Dietary intake was measured using Block 98 Food Frequency Questionnaire. Percent body fat was measured using Bod Pod. Results suggest that both groups were similar on their percent body fat and overall level of fat phobia. However, there were intriguing, but subtle differences in dietary intake and in the rating of adjectives comprising the fat phobia scale between the groups. Overall, both groups had similar macronutrient intake. The only significant differences between groups were in percent fat (17 grams) and grams of fat (5grams) consumed. Dietetic majors demonstrated a slightly healthier macronutrient and food group intake pattern as compared to the non-dietetic majors.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Ohio University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:14 item short form fat phobia scale block 98 food frequency questionnaire bod pod attitudes toward obesity percent body dietetic majors


Date of Publication:01/01/2004

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