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Weighty Tomes : An Analysis of Weight-Related Content in Introductory Psychology Books Public Deposited

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  • Weight bias has dramatically increased over the last 20 years and is as prevalent as bias based on race and gender. The media is a primary source of weight bias according to a review of weight-related content within newspapers, popular press books, television, and movies. Bias is perpetuated through messages identifying obesity as a health problem that is a function of failed personal responsibility which dieting can remediate. Media images of fat people are often stereotypic or dehumanizing. A past examination of introductory psychology textbooks revealed similar findings (Touster, 2000). This study provides an updated analysis of weight related content in contemporary Introductory Psychology texts.
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  • Portland, Oregon, USA
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