Weight Loss Maintenance, Weight Loss and Fitness Group Involvement,and Behavior Meanings

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/159900
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Presentation
Title:
Weight Loss Maintenance, Weight Loss and Fitness Group Involvement,and Behavior Meanings
Abstract:
Weight Loss Maintenance, Weight Loss and Fitness Group Involvement,and Behavior Meanings
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2010
Author:Graor, Christine, Ph.D.
P.I. Institution Name:University of Akron
Title:Nursing
Contact Address:Mary Gladwin Hall 201 S, Akron, OH, 44325-3701, USA
Contact Telephone:330-972-6422
Co-Authors:C. Graor, Nursing, University of Akron, Akron, OH;
Despite studies examining the relationship between weight loss maintenance, behaviors, and psychological constructs (e.g., self-esteem, self-efficacy), no studies have examined the relationship between weight loss maintenance and meanings. This quantitative study examined how weight loss maintenance and involvement in weight loss and fitness groups are related to the meanings of weight and fitness-related behaviors in adults. Using Meade's theory of socialization, meaning was measured as affective meanings of evaluation, potency, and activity on 9-point semantic differential scales. Affective meanings account for more than two-thirds of the common variance of meaning. Weight loss and fitness group involvement was measured with four dimensions: extensive (the size of group social networks), affective (the importance that significant others give to weight loss and fitness), duration, and frequency. Subjects (n=620) were recruited at weight loss and fitness sites in a Midwest state and at weight loss and fitness Internet websites. Approximately 82% were female, and 92% were Caucasian. Age ranged from 18 to 80. Cross-sectional survey data were analyzed using multiple regression (gender, age, and BMI controlled). Duration of weight loss maintenance was positively related to the meanings associated with fitness behaviors ("to exercise," "to be physically active") and negatively related to the meanings associated with an overeating behavior ("to eat three desserts"). All involvement dimensions, except for affective, were positively related to the meanings associated with fitness behaviors. Involvement tended to be negatively related to the meanings associated with one overeating behavior ("to eat three desserts"). Weight loss success also accentuated the effects of involvement on behavior meanings. The findings suggest that weight loss and group socialization jointly shape the meanings individuals associate with weight and fitness-related behaviors. The findings also suggest that two features of involvement (i.e., extensiveness and frequency) tend to have the strongest effect on meanings.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleWeight Loss Maintenance, Weight Loss and Fitness Group Involvement,and Behavior Meaningsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/159900-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Weight Loss Maintenance, Weight Loss and Fitness Group Involvement,and Behavior Meanings</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Graor, Christine, Ph.D.</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Akron</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">Mary Gladwin Hall 201 S, Akron, OH, 44325-3701, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">330-972-6422</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">graor@uakron.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">C. Graor, Nursing, University of Akron, Akron, OH;</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Despite studies examining the relationship between weight loss maintenance, behaviors, and psychological constructs (e.g., self-esteem, self-efficacy), no studies have examined the relationship between weight loss maintenance and meanings. This quantitative study examined how weight loss maintenance and involvement in weight loss and fitness groups are related to the meanings of weight and fitness-related behaviors in adults. Using Meade's theory of socialization, meaning was measured as affective meanings of evaluation, potency, and activity on 9-point semantic differential scales. Affective meanings account for more than two-thirds of the common variance of meaning. Weight loss and fitness group involvement was measured with four dimensions: extensive (the size of group social networks), affective (the importance that significant others give to weight loss and fitness), duration, and frequency. Subjects (n=620) were recruited at weight loss and fitness sites in a Midwest state and at weight loss and fitness Internet websites. Approximately 82% were female, and 92% were Caucasian. Age ranged from 18 to 80. Cross-sectional survey data were analyzed using multiple regression (gender, age, and BMI controlled). Duration of weight loss maintenance was positively related to the meanings associated with fitness behaviors (&quot;to exercise,&quot; &quot;to be physically active&quot;) and negatively related to the meanings associated with an overeating behavior (&quot;to eat three desserts&quot;). All involvement dimensions, except for affective, were positively related to the meanings associated with fitness behaviors. Involvement tended to be negatively related to the meanings associated with one overeating behavior (&quot;to eat three desserts&quot;). Weight loss success also accentuated the effects of involvement on behavior meanings. The findings suggest that weight loss and group socialization jointly shape the meanings individuals associate with weight and fitness-related behaviors. The findings also suggest that two features of involvement (i.e., extensiveness and frequency) tend to have the strongest effect on meanings.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:26:23Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:26:23Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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