Date of Award
Master of Science
Committee Chair or Primary Advisor
Dr. Richard Beck
Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor
Dr. Cherisse Flanagan
Third Committee Member or Committee Reader
Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker
The people of the United States of America have been concerned with the population’s overweight and obesity rate for a while. The purpose of this study was to find out if optimism bias had an influence on fitness. Optimism bias is overestimating the likelihood of positive events and underestimate the likelihood of negative events happening in one’s life. This study created a fitness optimism scale and used a set of fitness assessments and exercise questions to correlate with the fitness optimism bias. There were 105 students who participated in this study, 82 females and 23 males with a mean age of 20. The results of the study showed no significant relationship between optimism bias and fitness. Surprisingly, trends showed that with more exercise fitness optimism bias would increase.
Marx, Katrielle, "Optimism Bias in Fitness" (2016). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 23.