Promoting Body Size Diversity in University Recreation Centers

Luciana Zuest, Sae Mi Lee, Juliana Leedeman, Shuang Li, Dawn E. Clifford

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The purpose of this study was to examine university recreation center (URC) leaders’ perceptions of their URC climate and the strategies used to promote body size diversity. The study’s secondary goal was to explore the URC leaders’ plans and professional development needs to further promote body size diversity and inclusion in their URCs. 141 URC leaders from 37 states in the U.S. participated in a cross-sectional survey. Overall, participants perceived their URCs to have an inclusive climate for people in larger bodies. URC leaders reported adopting strategies consistent with research recommendations for creating inclusive environments. However, there were some misaligned priorities regarding changes needed to establish a more inclusive space for people in diverse bodies. Given previous research recommendations, we advocate that URC leaders shift their focus to more cost-effective efforts that can be feasible to implement and impactful in ensuring the inclusion of people with diverse body sizes in recreation spaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-374
Number of pages18
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021


  • Weight stigma
  • inclusive physical activity
  • university recreation center
  • weight bias

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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