Acta Scientific Medical Sciences

Research Article Volume 2 Issue 6

Attitudes and Behaviors of Nursing Students towards Obese Individuals

Hacı Ömer Yilmaz1* and Nurcan Yabanci Ayhan2

1Nutrition and Dietetics, Gümüşhane University, Turkey
2Nutrition and Dietetics, Ankara University, Turkey

*Corresponding Author: Hacı Ömer Yilmaz, Research Assistant, Nutrition and Dietetics, Gümüşhane University, Turkey.

Received: July 17, 2018; Published: August 03, 2018

Citation: Hacı Ömer Yilmaz and Nurcan Yabanci Ayhan. “Attitudes and Behaviors of Nursing Students towards Obese Individuals”. Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 2.6 (2018).


Background: The aim of this study was to investigate nursing students’ attitudes and behavior towards obese individuals.

Method: The study, as a descriptive and sectional, was conducted 437 nursing student in Department of Nursing of Ankara University, in October-December 2015. In this study, data were collected with questionnaire. In this survey included that demographic information, Fat Phobia and Attitudes Toward Obese Persons Scales were used to learn attitudes and thoughts of nursing students about obese people.

Results: Mean age and BMI values of students were 19.7 ± 1.3 year and 21.6 ± 3.0 kg/m2. Average Fat Phobia and Attitudes Toward Obese Persons Scales scores were determined 3.80 ± 0.51 and 59.80 ± 14.24, respectively. Nursing students’ against obese individuals attitudes and behaviors were negative.

Conclusion: Because of increasing prevalence of obesity and obese individuals affected by many conditions, future nurses should be more positive and professional towards obese people. Some of the nursing education should include topics, such as obesity and causes of obesity. Thus, negative attitudes and behaviors against obese individuals of nursing students can be prevented.

Keywords:Fat Phobia; Bias; Obesity; Attitudes; Nursing Students

Copyright: © 2018 Hacı Ömer Yilmaz and Nurcan Yabanci Ayhan. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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