Disgust, contempt, and anger and the stereotypes of obese people

Vartanian, Lenny R., Thomas, Margaret A. and Vanman, Eric J. (2013) Disgust, contempt, and anger and the stereotypes of obese people. Eating and Weight Disorders: Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, 18 4: 377-382. doi:10.1007/s40519-013-0067-2

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Author Vartanian, Lenny R.
Thomas, Margaret A.
Vanman, Eric J.
Title Disgust, contempt, and anger and the stereotypes of obese people
Journal name Eating and Weight Disorders: Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1590-1262
1124-4909
Publication date 2013-12
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s40519-013-0067-2
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 18
Issue 4
Start page 377
End page 382
Total pages 6
Place of publication Milan, Italy
Publisher Editrice Kurtis
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose Emotions form an important part of stereotyping and prejudice, but little is known about how intergroup emotions are associated with anti-fat prejudice. This study examined the relation between negative intergroup emotions (disgust, contempt, and anger) and the stereotypes of obese people.

Method A community sample (n = 380) and an undergraduate sample (n = 96) rated obese people on common obesity stereotypes (e.g., lazy, sloppy), and also indicated the extent to which they felt disgust, contempt, and anger toward obese people.

Results In both samples, participants reported feeling more disgust and contempt than anger toward obese people. Furthermore, regression analyses indicated that disgust was a significant positive predictor of obesity stereotypes, but contempt and anger were not.

Conclusion Overall, these findings provide further evidence that disgust plays an important role in prejudice toward obese people
Keyword Intergroup emotions
Disgust
Contempt
Anger
Obesity
Stereotypes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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