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Table 2 Factor analysis of attitudes and physician agreement with attitude items (n = 250)

From: Physicians' attitudes about obesity and their associations with competency and specialty: A cross-sectional study

    Loadings Distribution of Responses
Factor Name % Var Attitude Item 1 2 3 4 % Agree % Disagree
Factor 1 Physician Discomfort/Bias 25% I feel uncomfortable when examining an obese patient .80 -.25 -.02 -.01 18 82
   It is difficult for me to feel empathy for an obese patient .77 -.16 .06 .10 8 92
   I have negative reactions towards the appearance of obese patients .76 -.06 -.01 .12 45 55
Factor 2 Physician Success/Self Efficacy 16% I feel qualified to treat obese patients -.11 .84 .09 .21 55 45
   I have been successful in treating patients for obesity -.14 .72 .05 -.17 46 54
   The best role for a physician in weight management is to provide treatment rather than referral -.18 .56 -.06 -.22 88 12
Factor 3 Positive Outcome 11% Most obese patients could reach a normal weight (for height) if motivated .06 .02 .77 -.08 38 61
Expectancy   Obesity is primarily caused by behavioral factors -.04 -.19 .72 .30 33 67
   Obesity is a treatable condition .01 .22 .70 -.20 92 8
Factor 4 Negative Outcome 11% Most obese patients will not lose a significant amount of weight -.04 -.23 -.18 .79 49 51
Expectancy   Treating obese patients is very frustrating .38 .09 .12 .70 66 34