Appearance-Related Teasing, Body Dissatisfaction, and Disordered Eating: A Meta-Analysis
Body dissatisfaction, Appearance-related teasing, Disordered eating, Meta-analysis
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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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Body Image, v. 7, issue 4, p. 261-270
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Menzel, Jessie; Schaefer, Lauren M.; Burke, Natasha L.; Mayhew, Laura Lynn; Brannick, Michael T.; and Thompson, Joel K., "Appearance-Related Teasing, Body Dissatisfaction, and Disordered Eating: A Meta-Analysis" (2009). Psychology Faculty Publications. 2239.