MS (Master of Science)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Michelle Johnson, Elizabeth Hall
The purpose of this study was to examine individuals’ perceptions of weight loss and weight loss methods. Respondents were employees and customers attending health/wellness events at local supermarkets in June, July, and August 2019. Participants completed a survey to assess their understanding and perceptions of weight loss and methods used to achieve weight loss. The majority of participants were white females, 60 years or older with a college degree and a Body Mass Index (BMI) classified as overweight or obese. Data revealed most participants had a variety of misconceptions relating to weight loss and weight loss methods that were obscure and fad-diet oriented, including low-carbohydrate diets. Participants did understand benefits of weight loss but expressed maintaining weight loss was a challenge. These findings suggest that fad diets are alluring to individuals and individuals did not incorporate evidence-based behavior changes to promote or sustain weight loss.
Thesis - unrestricted
Seiber, Andrew, "Examination of Perceptions of Weight Loss and Weight Loss Methods" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3699. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/3699
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