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  • Body Image and Attitude toward Obesity: Methods

Following protocol approval by the Institutional Review Boards of Virginia State University and Virginia Commonwealth University, 200 students (25 male freshmen, 25 female freshmen, 25 male sophomores, 25 female sophomores, 25 male juniors, 25 female juniors, 25 male seniors and 25 female seniors) underwent measurement of height and weight and completed two interview forms (Appendices A and B) on November 21, 2003 at Virginia State University,

Petersburg, VA. We posted flyers in classrooms, hallways, the student center and on bulletin boards. We also made announcements in classrooms throughout the campus. No effort was made to randomly select students. Rather, we took a convenience sample in response to announcements about this study. Each student called and scheduled an appointment day and time. When each student called, we asked if they were classified as a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior. Once we reached 25 men and 25 women for each class level, we turned away additional callers. rimonabant online

A budget of $1,000 and a decision to pay each student $5 to participate dictated a selection of 200 students to participate in this study. We measured height and weight (counterweight scales) in one of the health, physical education and recreation classrooms on campus. Each student was a number between 1 and 200 to ensure privacy and confidentiality.

All students completed a 10-minute survey. Each participate was a “traditional” student. Each student encounter took about 30 minutes. Information obtained from each student included: 1) date of birth, 2) date of measurement, 3) sex, 4) race, 5) year in school, 6) height and 7) weight. We made no effort to select students based on race. Each student wrote down what they considered their race to be in a blank space marked “race.” We did not have a preformed list of races from which they could select. We used the racial descriptor “black” whether the student wrote down “black” or “African-American.”
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Appendix A

Appendix A shows the body image form each student completed. A “green” background for each body image eliminated skin color as a consideration in body image selection. Facial features were nondescript. Appendix В [Attitudes Toward Obese Persons scale (ATOP)] listed the 20 questions each student answered.
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Study Sample

Eight of the students described themselves in а racial group other than black. One student did not com plete all of the items on Appendix B. Therefore, we were left with data from 191 black students to analyze.

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