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TitleLooking good and feeling great - women, exercise and weight consciousness
AuthorCoovadia, Ferhana, 1950-
DescriptionThesis (M.A.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2002. Sociology
Paginationiv, 130 leaves
SubjectAerobic exercises; Exercise for women; Reducing exercises
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of Sociology
Spatial CoverageCanada--Atlantic Provinces
NotesBibliography: leaves 116-122
AbstractThis study explores the body image and weight consciousness of women taking part in aerobic exercise in an Atlantic Canadian fitness centre. Their reasons for participating in aerobics and their perceptions of the role of cultural institutions such as the media in shaping their body image are also explored. The participants consisted of twenty-seven women who are moderately or highly committed to aerobic exercise. A short questionnaire was used to obtain information about their backgrounds. This was followed by an intensive, semi- structured interview. It was shown from these interviews that the discussion on diet, exercise and the body emanated from the perception that to be thin is to be fit, healthy and beautiful. The findings of this study attest to the existing dissatisfaction that women in western societies feel about their physical appearance. It also revealed that there was a link between being physically fit and healthy and experiencing a healthy mind.
Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
FormatImage/jpeg; Application/pdf
SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
Local Identifiera1591119
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
CollectionElectronic Theses and Dissertations
Scanning StatusCompleted
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