TitlePerspectives on Increasing Positive Attitudes Toward Larger Members in Fitness Centers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsSouza, BJason, Ebbeck, V
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
Pagination96 - 118
Date Published02/2018

Physical activity (PA) attenuates weight-associated morbidity and mortality but PA-based weight bias dissuades many people from engaging in and enjoying physical activity. Guided by self-determination theory, we implemented concept mapping with current and past members and employees of fitness centers. One hundred ideas were generated, representing the concepts of programming, fitness culture, code of conduct, professional development, and physical environment/amenities. The ideas can help design interventions that increase positive attitudes that are autonomous, shared throughout a fitness center, and promote inclusivity.

Short TitleJournal of Applied Sport Psychology