A correlation study of self-body cathexis of obese women and their attitudes toward physical activity Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between the self-body cathexis of obese women and their attitudes toward physical activity. Fifty inventories were used for the research in this project. The volunteer subjects' ages ranged from 18 to 45 with a mean age of 28.9 years. The subjects" weight ranged from 20 percent to 120 percent over desirable weight. The females were chosen on the basis of their current weight being 20 percent or more higher than their desirable weight, according to the chart developed by the Build and Blood Pressure Study (48). The measuring devices used were the Jourard and Secord Self-Body Cathexis Inventory and the Kenyon Attitude Toward Physical Activity Inventory. The data from the inventories were statistically analyzed using primarily the Pearson product moment correlation. The .05 level of significance was selected for rejecting, the null hypotheses. The results of the study revealed that the obese women surveyed had average feelings of satisfaction concerning their self and body images. These women had a highly significant positive relationship between their body and their self image. The women in this study who weighed less had a more positive body image. Also, the less the women weighed the more positive their attitude toward physical activity. In general these obese women believed that the positive aspects of physical activity included catharsis, a social experience, an ascetic experience, an improvement of one's health and fitness and the pursuit of vertigo. They did not believe that physical activity was an aesthetic experience. Those women who believed that physical activity was a social experience or to improve one's health and fitness also believed it was for the purpose of catharsis. There were no significant relationships between their attitude toward physical activity and their self or body cathexis.
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