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Counter-conditioning as an intervention to modify anti-fat attitudes

Stuart W. Flint, Joanne Hudson, David Lavallee
  • Stuart W. Flint
    Academy of Sport and Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing Research Institute, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom |
  • Joanne Hudson
    Department of Sport and Exercise Science, Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom
  • David Lavallee
    School of Sport, University of Stirling, United Kingdom


This study examined the effect of anti-fat attitude counter-conditioning using positive images of obese individuals participants completed implicit and explicit measures of attitudes towards fatness on three occasions: no intervention; following exposure to positive images of obese members of the general public; and to images of obese celebrities. Contrary to expectations, positive images of obese individuals did not result in more positive attitudes towards fatness as expected and, in some cases, indices of these attitudes worsened. Results suggest that attitudes towards obesity and fatness may be somewhat robust and resistant to change, possibly suggesting a central and not peripheral processing route for their formation.


counter-conditioning, attitude strength, obesity

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Submitted: 2012-12-21 17:42:20
Published: 2013-07-22 16:14:11
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