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Obesity, Attitudes about

Attitudes about obesity/obese people


Below are 15 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 5 types:

AccommodationsCauses of ObesityFace Discrimination?Favor FundingPersonal Attitude

AccommodationsThis question type asks the respondent their opinion about accommodations that might be made for obese people.


Causes of ObesityQuestions that ask the respondent their opinion regarding potential causes of obesity.

  • GENENVO1 from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Carol is a substantially overweight White woman. She has lost weight in the past but always gains it back again. Setup to personality, character and behavior questions--What percent of the persons behavior is influenced by the genes they inherit, and what percent is influenced by their learning experience? The higher the number, the more you think the behavior is influenced by learning and experience; the lower the number, the more you think it is influenced by genes. (GENENVO1) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RSNOBESE from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Spring 2000LEARN MORE
    • Do you think most obese people are seriously overweight mainly because of bad diet and exercise habits, or are they seriously overweight mainly because of things they cant control such as their inherited metabolism? (RSNOBESE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RSNOBESE from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 2000LEARN MORE
    • Do you think most obese people are seriously overweight mainly because of bad diet and exercise habits, or are they seriously overweight mainly because of things they cant control such as their inherited metabolism? (RSNOBESE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • OBSERESP from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Spring 2000LEARN MORE
    • Obese people should take responsibility for their own health and lose weight. (OBSERESP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • OBSERESP from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 2000LEARN MORE
    • Obese people should take responsibility for their own health and lose weight. (OBSERESP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

Face Discrimination?Does the respondent believe that the obese face discrimination?


Favor FundingDoes the respondent favor funding for program designed to reduce obesity?


Personal AttitudeThis question type asks how the respondent feels about obese people.

  • TOBESE from Life Choices, 1990LEARN MORE
    • New technologies make it possible to discover many things about the unborn early in the pregnancy. For each of the following test results I read, please tell me which statement on this card best describes your feelings. Just call off the letter. A test reveals . . . b. the baby will have a genetic tendency toward obesity -- being overweight. (See note 4 on the ARDA summary page) (TOBESE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • MFSS17 from Measuring Morality Study, 2012LEARN MORE
    • Try to imagine actually doing the following things, and indicate how much money someone would have to pay you, (anonymously and secretly) to be willing to do each thing. For each action, assume that nothing bad would happen to you afterwards. Also assume that you cannot use the money to make up for your action. Make cruel remarks to an overweight person about his or her appearance [Moral Foundations Sacredness Scale-Short Version] (MFSS17) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
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