Predictors of body dissatisfaction and disordered eating in middle-aged women

Julie Slevec, Marika Tiggemann

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    Abstract

    The purpose of the present article was to review empirical research on the factors associated with body dissatisfaction and disordered eating in middle-aged women. All of the factors identified are relevant to both of these significant women's health issues, suggesting that they are strongly linked. Most correlates and risk factors are similar to those found in younger women and encompass biological (e.g., body mass index), psychological (e.g., internalization of the thin ideal), and sociocultural influences (e.g., weight-related teasing). Additional factors of relevance to middle-aged women are menopausal status and aging anxiety, which reflect the distinct developmental challenges faced by women during midlife.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)515-524
    Number of pages10
    JournalClinical Psychology Review
    Volume31
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

    Keywords

    • Adult development
    • Body dissatisfaction
    • Body image
    • Disordered eating
    • Eating disorders
    • Middle-age

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