Title

Appearance-Related Teasing, Body Dissatisfaction, and Disordered Eating: A Meta-Analysis

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Keywords

Body dissatisfaction, Appearance-related teasing, Disordered eating, Meta-analysis

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2010.05.004

Abstract

A meta-analysis was conducted to determine the relationship between appearance and weight-based teasing and three outcome measures: body dissatisfaction, restrictive eating, and bulimic behaviors. Four meta-analyses were conducted. Fifty effect sizes (N = 10,618) resulted in a moderate effect size of .39 for the relationship between weight teasing and body dissatisfaction; 24 effect sizes (N = 7190) resulted in an effect size of .32 for the relationship between appearance teasing and body dissatisfaction; 20 effect sizes (N = 4792) resulted in an effect size of .35 for the relationship between weight teasing and dietary restraint; and 22 effect sizes (N = 5091) resulted in an effect size of .36 for the relationship between weight teasing and bulimic behaviors. Significant moderators that emerged were teasing measure type, publication type, study type, age group, and gender. The findings offer further support for the inclusion of strategies in body image and eating disorders’ prevention and intervention programs that focus on handling negative, appearance-related commentary.

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

Body Image, v. 7, issue 4, p. 261-270

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