This article was conducted as part of the first author's master's thesis at Old Dominion University under the supervision of the second author.
The Relationship of Antifat Attitudes to Other Prejudicial and Gender-Related Attitudes1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 31, Issue 4, pages 683–697, April 2001
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Perez-Lopez, M. S., Lewis, R. J. and Cash, T. F. (2001), The Relationship of Antifat Attitudes to Other Prejudicial and Gender-Related Attitudes. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 31: 683–697. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2001.tb01408.x
In accordance with the position of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, we use the terms fat and antifat descriptively, and not pejoratively, as Crandall (1994) has explained.
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Overweight people in society face a number of obstacles. Negative attitudes toward overweight people contribute to this experience. This study examined the relationship of antifat attitudes to other prejudicial attitudes (e.g., racism, sexism, homophobia) and gender-related attitudes. A total of 179 undergraduate participants completed measures of prejudicial attitudes, including antifat attitudes. Multiple regression analyses revealed that a combination of demographic and attitudinal variables predicted antifat attitudes. Antifat attitudes are stronger for men, Caucasians, and gender-typed individuals; compared to women, African Americans, and androgynous individuals, respectively. After controlling for demographics, weight-related variables, and social desirability, gender-role egalitarianism, racism, and homophobia significantly correlated with antifat attitudes. The implications and limitations of this study are discussed regarding the importance of research in antifat and other prejudical attitudes.