Disordered eating behaviors and body image in a longitudinal pilot study of adolescent girls: What happens 2 years later?

Paola Espinoza, Eva Penelo, Rosa M. Raich

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Abstract

We assessed the prospective association of risk factors for eating and body image disturbances after a 2-year follow-up in a community sample of Spanish adolescent girls. The participants included 128 Spanish girls aged 12-14, who took part in a 28-month prospective study. Aspects assessed were eating attitudes (Eating Attitudes Test), influence of the body shape model (questionnaire on influences of the aesthetic body shape model), extreme weight-control behaviors (Eating Disorder Examination-Questionnaire), body image (Body Image Questionnaire) and Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI, extreme weight-control behaviors and body image problems emerged as potential predictors of an increase in eating disturbances. An increased influence of the thinness model was significantly associated with reduced body satisfaction and body image problems. Preventive programs are needed to contribute reducing the impact of sociocultural influences with regard to thinness, the use of extreme weight-control behaviors and overweight in adolescents. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-73
JournalBody Image
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

Keywords

  • Body image problems
  • Body satisfaction
  • Eating disturbances
  • Prospective study
  • Thin beauty ideal
  • Weight-control behaviors

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