Degree Name

Master of Science in Education

Department or Program



Partridge, Julie A.


The purpose of this investigation was to determine the effects of a 6-week structured exercise program on levels of body shame in obese college-aged individuals. It was hypothesized that participants would display lower levels of body-shame, higher levels of body-surveillance and body-control following the exercise intervention. It was also hypothesized that participants would have higher levels of self-determination upon completion of the program. Through a mixed methodology of open-ended, in-depth interviews and surveys it was determined self-conscious emotions decrease following a 6-week exercise program and participants display improved shame-coping mechanisms.