Forrest, Kimberly Y. Z.; Stuhldreher, Wendy L.
March 2007
American Journal of Health Studies;2007, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p18
Academic Journal
Body image is an important aspect of self-esteem among young people. This study examines patterns and trends of body image dissatisfaction and distortion, as well as its correlates among college students. Self-reported information on body image was collected from students attending a state university during two phases of surveys (N=1440 in the first survey and N=1072 in the second survey) over five years. The prevalence of body image dissatisfaction was consistent over two phases, being more prevalent among females (67% vs. 68%) than among males (29% vs. 35%; p <.001). Body image distortion showed a similar trend. Besides gender, other significant and independent correlates of body image dissatisfaction were being overweight, consuming more meat per week, and depression (all p-values < . 05). However, students with body image dissatisfaction were also more likely to diet or exercise to lose weight (both p-values < .001). Our results indicate that body image dissatisfaction and distortion is a common problem among female students, and is an emerging problem among male students.


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