Stereotype threat and the exercise/ dietary health intentions of overweight women

Jason D. Seacat, Kristin D. Mickelson

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Overweight individuals face significant prejudice and discrimination in daily life yet it is not well understood how factors associated with prejudice and discrimination (i.e. negative social stereotypes) impact overweight individuals' exercise/dietary health intentions. It is proposed that the Model of Stereotype Threat may serve as a useful theoretical tool for interpreting the situational impact of negative stereotypes on the health intentions of overweight individuals. Analyses with a community sample of 100 clinically overweight women showed that priming overweight women to think about weight-related stereotypes led to significantly diminished exercise and dietary health intentions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)556-567
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Health intentions
  • Obesity
  • Stereotype threat
  • Threat concerns
  • Weight status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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