Young adults are underrepresented in standard behavioral weight loss trials, and evidence suggests that they differ from older adults on many weight-related constructs. The aim of this review is to explore young adults’ attitudes toward obesity and weight management, with particular attention to those factors that may play a role in the development of future treatment efforts. Both intrapersonal and interpersonal considerations unique to young adulthood are assessed; in addition, we examine young adults’ perceptions of specific weight-related behaviors such as dieting, physical activity, and self-weighing. Conclusions are consistent with other findings suggesting that weight management interventions should be adapted and designed specifically for this age group.
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Lanoye, A., Gorin, A.A. & LaRose, J.G. Young Adults’ Attitudes and Perceptions of Obesity and Weight Management: Implications for Treatment Development. Curr Obes Rep 5, 14–22 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13679-016-0188-9
- Young adults
- Emerging adults
- Weight management
- Treatment development