Belief in the Controllability of Weight and Attributions to Prejudice Among Heavyweight Women

Blame, Bruce; Williams, Zoe
July 2004
Sex Roles;July2004, Vol. 51 Issue 1-2, p79
Academic Journal
The perceived controllability of weight is a central feature of prejudice against heavyweight people, but its role in the experience of prejudice is not well established. Heavyweight women (N = 66, mean age = 38 years) were exposed to information about cardiovascular health or the uncontrollability of weight and then wrote a persuasive health-related essay. All participants received a negative evaluation on the essay quality from a male evaluator whom they believed could see them or not. Belief in the uncontrollability of weight led to more attributions for the feedback to the evaluator's prejudice but only when the participants thought that they were visible. The results are discussed in terms of the stigma of overweight.


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