UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine

Publication Date

2011-9

Document Type

Poster

Subjects

Obesity; Weight Gain; Workplace; Health Behavior; Social Behavior; Social Control, Informal

Disciplines

Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Preventive Medicine

Abstract

Objective: To assess the association between descriptive social norms for weight and weight-related behaviors and associated behaviors at the worksite.

Design and Sample: Baseline data from site-randomized trial of a worksite ecological intervention for weight control; 12 public high schools in central Massachusetts; Sample of 844 employees enrolled (~ 2/3 of all employees).

Conclusions: Associations of weight loss and eating social norms with behavior; Unique from social support; No association of physical activity social norms with physical activity; May be little opportunity for and therefore little exposure to physical activity during the workday; Results support the development of weight loss interventions that address social norms for weight loss and eating behaviors at work.

Source

Lemon SC, Liu Q, Magner R, Schneider K, Pbert L. The impact of worksite weight-related social norms on associated behaviors. The Obesity Society Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, September, 2011.

Journal/Book/Conference Title

2011 Obesity Society Annual Meeting

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