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Title: Psychosocial variables related to weight-related self-stigma in physical activity among young adults across weight status
Authors: Fung, XCC 
Pakpour, AH
Wu, YK
Fan, CW
Lin, CY 
Tsang, HWH 
Issue Date: 2020
Source: International journal of environmental research and public health, 2020, v. 17, no. 1, 64
Abstract: A healthy lifestyle with sufficient physical activity (PA) can contribute to weight management. Yet, many people do not maintain a healthy lifestyle. To explain PA, we propose a model that incorporates the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) with weight-related self-stigma. We recruited 325 young adults to complete questionnaires regarding their physical activities, weight-related self-stigma, and TPB factors. We used structural equation modeling to examine the model fit and the path invariance across weight groups. The model showed excellent model fit, but path invariance was not supported. Weight-related self-stigma significantly explained the perceived behavioral control, behavioral intention, and engagement of PA. People without overweight and people with overweight have different considerations for PA. Weight-related self-stigma is important for PA as well. To promote a healthy lifestyle, healthcare providers should provide different suggestions or interventions that suit their patients’ weight-related concerns.
Keywords: Overweight
Physical activity
The theory of planned behavior
Publisher: Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI)
Journal: International journal of environmental research and public health 
ISSN: 1661-7827
EISSN: 1660-4601
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17010064
Rights: © 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
The following publication Fung XCC, Pakpour AH, Wu Y-K, Fan C-W, Lin C-Y, Tsang HWH. Psychosocial Variables Related to Weight-Related Self-Stigma in Physical Activity among Young Adults across Weight Status. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(1):64, is available at
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