Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 113–120 | Cite as

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

  • Carol R. Counts
  • Cynthia Jones
  • Cynthia L. Frame
  • Gregory J. Jarvie
  • Cyd C. Strauss


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.


Obesity Normal Weight Social Psychology Obese Individual Body Type 
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© Human Sciences Press 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol R. Counts
    • 1
  • Cynthia Jones
    • 4
  • Cynthia L. Frame
    • 4
  • Gregory J. Jarvie
    • 2
  • Cyd C. Strauss
    • 3
  1. 1.Marshall I. Pickens HospitalGreenville Hospital SystemGreenvilleUSA
  2. 2.Georgia CollegeUSA
  3. 3.Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA
  4. 4.Clinical Training Program, Department of PsychologyUniversity of GeorgiaAthens

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