Obesity and Attitudes Toward It
Weight stigma is present in the world. Many obese people experience bias and discrimination at home, in community, at school, at work, etc. The consequences are very severe, because the psychological well-being of obese people is influenced by negative attitudes toward them. The main aim of the study is exploring anti-fat attitudes and fat phobia of students of Psychology study program (bachelor degree) of the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of “Luigj Gurakuqi” of Shkoder in Albania and exploring the correlation between their anti-fat attitudes and fat phobia. In the study, 124 students of Psychology study program (bachelor degree) were participated. The measuring instruments were: a) Anti-fat Attitudes Questionnaire (AFA), and b) Fat Phobia Scale. The paper concluded that the students of Psychology study program have obesity bias. They have not a high level of fat phobia. For the students of Psychology study program (bachelor degree), the improvement of their attitudes toward anti-fat and the improvement of their attitudes regarding obesity are cnecessary. This will, in the future, impact the quality of services for people. Other studies should be made in order to discover why the students have such attitudes toward obesity and to get the needed strategies in order to improve students’ attitudes toward obesity.