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Table 3 Attitudes towards people with obesity (n = 71)

From: Associations between medical students’ beliefs about obesity and clinical counseling proficiency

Survey Question Percentage of respondents rating how much they agree or disagree with each statement Mean SD Cronbach’s alpha
1 Strongly disagree 2 Somewhat disagree 3 Somewhat agree 4 Strongly agree
Personal discomfort
 I have negative reactions towards the appearance of obese patients. 36.6 45.1 16.9 1.4 1.83 .756 0.687
 I feel uncomfortable when examining an obese patient. 38.0 35.2 23.9 2.8 1.92 .858
Obesity Bias
 Obese individuals don’t make good decisions. 38.0 45.1 15.5 1.4 1.80 .749 0.767
 Obese workers cannot be as successful as other workers. 59.2 32.4 5.6 2.8 1.52 .734
 Obese individuals are lazier than non-obese people. 53.5 35.2 9.9 1.4 1.59 .729
  1. Survey questions elicited student attitudes towards people with obesity on a 4-point Likert-type Scale (1, strongly disagree; 2, somewhat disagree; 3, somewhat agree; 4, strongly agree)