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Associations between sociocultural pressures to be thin, body distress, and eating disorder symptomatology among Chilean adolescent girls.
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PMID:  21147054     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
This study explored the relationships between perceived sociocultural pressure to fulfill the thin beauty ideal, body distress, and the presence of eating disorder symptoms. Participants were 437 Chilean adolescent girls from Arica, northern Chile, aged 13-18. Results showed significant associations between perceived pressure from social agents to be thin and the presence of disrupted eating attitudes and behavior. The perceived influence of advertising, verbal messages and social situations related to eating and dieting emerged as the strongest predictors of eating disorders symptoms. Influence of advertising was also the strongest predictor of body image distress. Age differences emerged in perceived sociocultural pressure to be thin, with older participants reporting higher sociocultural pressure to fulfill the slender beauty ideal. This paper provides information about body distress and associated disturbances, a phenomenon which has seldom been studied in non-Western countries, but which has important health implications.
Alejandra Caqueo-Urízar; Marta Ferrer-García; José Toro; José Gutiérrez-Maldonado; Claudia Peñaloza; Yasna Cuadros-Sosa; Ma José Gálvez-Madrid
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-12-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Body image     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1873-6807     ISO Abbreviation:  Body Image     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101222431     Medline TA:  Body Image     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  78-81     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
University of Tarapacá, Department of Philosophy and Psychology, Avenida 18 de septiembre, Arica, Chile.
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