One of the classes I am currently taking requires us to find, read, summarize and pose questions based on an article based for that week's topic. This week the topic is Leisure Constraints for which I found the following article and my summary. It is long but really, really good and will remind us all that prejudice in any for is completely and absolutely unacceptable:
Lewis and Van Puymbroeck suggest the following work should be completed in order to truly be effective professionals and change the socially acceptable fat-bias that is so prevalent:
1.) Reduce our individual obesity stigmas as we do our best to understand this complicated leisure constraint issue.
Lewis and Van Puymproeck summarized with this paragraph:
"With twice as many people affected by overweight than not in this country, related opportunities for both leisure researchers and practitioners abound. Children who are overweight are often seen as undesirable playmates. Social interactions across the lifespan are often limited due to the presence of obesity. People who are significantly overweight not only face social judgement and discrimination in many aspects of their lives, but also discriminate against others who are overweight. These forms of prejudice and discrimination are likely to significantly impact the leisure experience of people who are overweight across the lifespan." (p. 584)
Two last comments by the authors:
"Current interventions are not succeeding, and more research is quickly needed." (p. 585)
"We must decide the identity we wish to assume related to this current health crisis." (p. 585)
My questions for the class:
Lewis, S. T. & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2008). Journal of Leisure Research, 40(4), 574-588.