Anti-Fat Attitudes (AFA)1 questionnaire to test explicit weight stigma

NB: the language in this questionnaire has been adapted slightly to be suitable for professional Australian participants, for original wording please see the reference at the bottom of the page.

Please answer as honestly as possible. Your answers are anonymous.

Dislike

  Very strongly disagree Strongly disagree Disagree Disagree somewhat Unsure Agree somewhat Agree Strongly agree Very strongly agree
  1. I dislike people who are overweight or obese.
  1. Few of my friends are overweight or obese.
  1. I tend to think that people who are overweight are a little untrustworthy.
  1. Although some overweight people must be intelligent, generally I think they tend not to be.
  1. I have a hard time taking overweight people too seriously.
  1. Fat people make me somewhat uncomfortable.
  1. If I were an employer, I might avoid hiring an overweight person.

Fear

  Very strongly disagree Strongly disagree Disagree Disagree somewhat Unsure Agree somewhat Agree Strongly agree Very strongly agree
  1. I feel disgusted with myself when I gain weight.
  1. One of the worst things that could happen to me would be if I gained 10kgs.
  1. I worry about becoming fat.

Willpower

  Very strongly disagree Strongly disagree Disagree Disagree somewhat Unsure Agree somewhat Agree Strongly agree Very strongly agree
  1. People who weigh too much could lose at least some part of their weight through a little exercise.
  1. Some people are overweight because they have no willpower.
  1. It is people's own fault if they are overweight.
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You scored an average of
in the Anti-Fat Attitudes questionnaire.

For the subscales you scored
(Dislike),
(Fear) and
(Willpower).

Any score greater than zero indicates explicit (overt) weight stigma, with higher scores indicating more stigma.

Please refer to the discussion section of the article2 for suggestions on addressing weight stigma in clinical practice.
1. Crandall, C. S. (1994). Prejudice against fat people: Ideology and self-interest. The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 66(5), 882-894.

2. Setchell, J., Watson, B., Jones, L., Gard, M., & Briffa, K. (2014). Physiotherapists demonstrate weight stigma: A cross-sectional survey of Australian physiotherapists. Journal of Physiotherapy, 60(3), 157-162.