Title

Differences in Appearance-Based Commentary, Body Dissatisfaction, and Eating Disturbance among College Women of Varying Weight Groups

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Keywords

Commentary, Body dissatisfaction, Eating, Weight status

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2013.01.013

Abstract

This study examined appearance-related commentary, body dissatisfaction, and eating disturbance in 924 undergraduate females. Significant group differences were found in type of appearance-related commentary received across weight groups. Overweight and obese women experienced negative weight and shape-related comments at greater frequencies and positive weight and shape-related comments at lower frequencies compared to underweight and normal weight women. A higher frequency of positive weight and shape-related commentary was associated with less body dissatisfaction for all women and less shape and weight concerns for obese women. These findings suggest that the weight status of young women likely influences the appearance-related commentary that they receive and the manner in which such commentary affects their body image and eating behaviors.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Eating Behaviors, v. 14, issue 2, p. 204-206

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