Ideal body shape preferences and eating disorder scores in adolescent women

Marika Tiggemann, Geraldine M. Dyer

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    Abstract

    Using the body figure-preference ratings of Fallon and Rozin (1985), this study investigated the relationship between body shape preferences and eating disorder scores in a sample of adolescent women. These young women were found to express a large degree of body dissatisfaction, which was positively related to eating disorder symptomology. For the sample as a whole, there was no difference between ratings of the ideal figure and that perceived as most attractive. However, the Bulimia and Perfectionism scales did offer unique prediction of the ideal figure, over and above the Attractive figure. It was concluded that young women with high bulimic scores wish to be thinner than what they perceive as attractive. The present study suggests that what motivates this wish is the search for perfectionism.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)345-347
    Number of pages3
    JournalPsychology & Health
    Volume10
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 1995

    Keywords

    • adolescent women
    • body dissatisfaction
    • eating disorder scores
    • Ideal body shape

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