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Revista Colombiana de Psicología

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Abstract

JUSTO, ANA MARIA; VIZEU CAMARGO, BRIGIDO  and  DA SILVA BOUSFIELD, ANDRÉA BARBARÁ. Weight Control Practices: Proposal for a Predictive Model. Rev. colomb. psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.27, n.2, pp.51-67. ISSN 0121-5469.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/rcp.v27n2.63328.

The study used questionnaires in order to propose an explanatory model for weight control practices. Participants were 160 adults grouped by sex and body mass index. Data analysis was carried out using descriptive and inferential statistics. Participants were actively involved, viewed weight control as positive, and showed strong behavioral intentions regarding weight control. Subjective norms, past conduct, and dissatisfaction with their bodies were the strongest predictors. Diet control and exercise operated according to different models. Involvement was the strongest predictor of the former, while perceived habits and control were the determinants of exercise practice.

Keywords : weight control; body; social norms; behavioral intention; personal involvement.

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