Body Dissatisfaction in Adolescent Females and Males: Risk and Resilience
By Katherine Presnell, Ph.D., Sarah Kate Bearman, Ph.D., and Mary Clare Madeley, B.A.
The Prevention Researcher,
Volume 14, Number 3, 2007, Pages 3-6, Item# A143-PRESNELL
This article examines the prevalence and consequences of body dissatisfaction among adolescent boys and girls and discusses the role of body dissatisfaction in psychological disorders, including depression and eating disorders. Additionally, it explores predictors of the development of body dissatisfaction, including individual, familial, peer, and sociocultural influences, as well as factors that may serve a protective function. An understanding of the factors that increase the risk for body dissatisfaction can help guide prevention efforts. Given the complexity of the development of body image concerns, interventions aimed at reducing body dissatisfaction will likely need to target multiple factors.
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The Prevention Researcher,
Volume 14, Number 3, 2007
With increased national attention on obesity, it is important to understand the relationship between healthy eating, body dissatisfaction, and eating disorders so we don?t inadvertently encourage unhealthy weight loss behaviors as we address the issue of obesity. Indeed, extreme weight control behaviors are more common among overweight than average weight or underweight girls. This issue examines the continuum between healthy eating and eating disorders.
This issue also featured these articles:
- Addressing the Spectrum of Adolescent Weight-Related Problems: Engaging Parents and Communities, Pages 11-14
- Body Dissatisfaction in Adolescent Females and Males: Risk and Resilience, Pages 3-6
- Integrating Eating Disorder and Obesity Prevention Programs for Adolescents, Pages 18-20
- Preventing a Continuum of Disordered Eating: Going Beyond the Individual, Pages 7-10
- Recognizing and Preventing Adolescent Eating Disorders and Muscularity Problems, Pages 15-17
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