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Media influences on body image and disordered eating among Indigenous adolescent Australians

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Media influences on body image and disordered eating among Indigenous adolescent Australians

by McCabe M, Ricciardelli L, Mellor D, Ball K

Journal article
Year 2005
Journal Adolescence
Volume 40
Issue 157
Page 115-127

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

This study explores body satisfaction, body change strategies, and perceptions of media messages about body change strategies among Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian adolescents. Despite perceiving fewer media messages about weight loss, Indigenous adolescents engaged in more body change strategies (losing weight, increasing weight and increasing muscle) than non-Indigenous adolescents. Possible explanations for these differences are discussed and the need for further research is stressed.

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