Challenging Perceptions on Body Image Using a Bariatric Weighted Suit with Female University Dancers

Mills, Claire D and Dee, Sarah (2016) Challenging Perceptions on Body Image Using a Bariatric Weighted Suit with Female University Dancers. Journal of Obesity and Bariatrics, 3 (1). pp. 1-6. ISSN 2377-9284

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Abstract

Body image concerns of female dancers have gained a considerable amount of attention due to issues associated with the need to meet the industry’s demand of a particular physique and appearance to impress audiences. This study was therefore designed to challenge perceptions of body image whilst wearing dancing in a bariatric weighted suit. n = 15 Undergraduate BSc (Hons) Degree Sport and Dance and Performing Arts students (x ± s; age = 20.5 ± 0.8 years) were recruited. Participants danced in a specifically designed 3 minute routine and completed an adapted pre-validated Body Esteem Scale (BES) questionnaire before and after wearing a bariatric weighted suit. Results indicated that before dancing in the bariatric weighted suit none of the dancers were “satisfied” with their body appearance. When participants were asked whether the media had an effect on their opinion of their body image 46.7% stated that the media did have an effect to have a particular body image. 66% of the participants wanted to change their stomach before dancing in the bariatric weighted suit which decreased to 40% after dancing in the bariatric weighted suit. In conclusion, findings revealed that using the bariatric weighted suit had a positive effect on the female dancer’s perception on their body image. Results found that wearing the bariatric weighted suit made them appreciate that their body was not as bad as they first perceived and that they felt more confident and comfortable with their body after the study. Suggestions for future research with the bariatric weighted suit could be used with young females who are at risk of becoming obese and what could happen to their physical movement, health and appearance if they fail to act, furthermore, with non-dancers or males to challenge their perceptions

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Body image; Bariatric weighted suits; University students; Female dancers
Subjects: Q Science > QM Human anatomy
Q Science > QP Physiology > QP301.H75 Physiology. Sport
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA407 Health status indicators.
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise > Coaching, Physical Education and Development
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Claire Mills
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2016 12:44
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2017 06:03
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3792

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