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| Published: December 05, 2017

Explicit Weight Stigma among Physiotherapy Students: A Cross-Sectional Study

, Nizar Abdul MajeedKutty

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Selangor, Malaysia Google Scholar More about the auther

, Gan Ee Ju

Final Year BPT, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Selangor, Malaysia. Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.079/20170501

DOI: 10.25215/0501.079


Obesity is one of the most pervasive phenomena in this world and it is now regarded as the main public health challenge. Obesity is highly stigmatized in our society. Weight stigma in health care professionals can lead to poor treatment outcome to obese patients. This study is aimed to determine the attitude of physiotherapy students towards weight. A cross-sectional study was conducted in Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia. A total of 179 physiotherapy students participated in this survey. Anti-Fat Attitude Questionnaire was used as an outcome measure to determine explicit weight stigma. Questions on demographic data and experience of weight bias were also included in the questionnaire. Majority of the students score negative marks in Anti-Fat Attitude Questionnaire in which any value greater than 0 was considered as explicit weight stigma. The relationship between gender with dislike, fear and willpower subscales shows statistical significance. Clinical posting has also shown significant association with fear and willpower subscale. Body mass index has shown no statistical significance with dislike and willpower subscale though it shows statistical significance with fear subscales. Overall, physiotherapy students do not demonstrate explicit weight stigma.

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ISSN 2349-3429

DIP: 18.01.079/20170501

DOI: 10.25215/0501.079

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Published in   Volume 05, Issue 1, October-December, 2017

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