Aria Green

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Honors Thesis


Educators are considered primary socializers for children, meaning they have a significant impact on behavioral, academic and interpersonal development. Physical educators, particularly male educators, have been found to express persistent biases against students who appear or are labeled overweight. These shown biases can negatively affect child development; if educators are aware of their impacts, these negative effects could be prevented. This study looked for evidence on the relationship between influential awareness, expressed weight biases and gender of physical educators. Physical educators were asked to fill out a survey which included an influence awareness scale, demographics, personality measures and then reviewed student profiles which differed in Body Mass Index (BMI) and health-related behaviors and answered questions to reveal any potential weight biases. Findings include significant interactions between teach gender, student gender, BMI, and student health habits, as well as correlations between self-rated influence and weight bias outcomes.

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