, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 113-120

The Perception of obesity by normal-weight versus obese school-age children

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There appears to be little difference between obese and normal weight children in their perceptions of obese individuals. Both groups of children endorse negative stereotypes of obese persons when information about body type is the only available cue. However, these stereotypes may be somewhat negated in the minds of both groups when the obese person is physically attractive and/or is in a position of authority.

This research was supported in part by the University of Georgia Biomedical Research and Research Foundation Grant Funds, and the Institute for Behavioral Research. The assistance of Linda Eason, Deborah Fleming, Rex Forehand, Mark Giblin, Ben Lahey, John Piacentini, and Elizabeth Schaughency is gratefully acknowledged.