Sociocultural influences and body change strategies in Spanish adolescent boys of different weight status

Carlos A. Almenara, Jordi Fauquet, Gemma López-Guimerà, Montserrat Pàmias-Massana, David Sánchez-Carracedo

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Abstract

© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. The aim of the present study was to examine the association between sociocultural influences to attain an ideal body and body change strategies (BCS) in Spanish adolescent boys of different weight status. A total of 594 Spanish boys (M = 13.94 years, SD = 0.20) participated. Measures included in the study were weight status according to body mass index (BMI), sociocultural influences (perceived pressures to attain an ideal body, general internalization of an ideal body, internalization of an athletic-ideal body), BCS to lose/control weight (dieting, healthy and unhealthy weight-control behaviors), and BCS to gain weight and muscles. Underweight boys engaged more frequently in weight-gain behaviors. Overweight boys reported higher levels of perceived sociocultural pressures and general internalization compared to normal-weight boys, and were more likely to be engaged in BCS to lose/control weight compared with the other weight-status groups. There were no differences between groups in terms of internalization of an athletic-ideal body and BCS to increase muscles. Future research and prevention programs should consider male-specific behaviors and weight-status differences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)654-657
JournalEating Behaviors
Volume15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2014

Keywords

  • Beauty ideal internalization
  • Body weight
  • Males
  • Overweight
  • Sociocultural factors
  • Weight control

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