Parental comments: Relationship with gender, body dissatisfaction, and disordered eating in Asian young adults

Samuel C.W. Chng, Daniel B. Fassnacht

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Abstract

The present study explored the relationships between different categories of parental comments (negative, positive, and importance and comparison), body dissatisfaction, and disordered eating concerns in 383 young adults (69% female) in Singapore. Self-report measures of parental comments, body dissatisfaction, and disordered eating were completed with results indicating that females, compared to males, reported significantly higher levels of body dissatisfaction, disordered eating, and negative maternal and positive paternal comments. Although the relationships found between the different categories of parental comments, body dissatisfaction, and disordered eating differed by gender, negative maternal comments emerged as a consistent predictor of disordered eating for both genders. This relationship was partially mediated by body dissatisfaction. The findings highlight the role of parental influence through weight-related comments on body dissatisfaction and disordered eating, and the need for further exploration of gender-specific pathways of parental influence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-99
Number of pages7
JournalBody Image
Volume16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Asian
  • Body dissatisfaction
  • Disordered eating
  • Parental comments
  • Parental influence
  • Young adults

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