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Body weight, body image, and eating behaviours : relationships with ethnicity and acculturation in a community sample of young Australian women

Ball, Kylie and Kenardy, Justin 2002, Body weight, body image, and eating behaviours : relationships with ethnicity and acculturation in a community sample of young Australian women, Eating behaviors, vol. 3, no. 3, Autumn, pp. 205-216.

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Title Body weight, body image, and eating behaviours : relationships with ethnicity and acculturation in a community sample of young Australian women
Author(s) Ball, Kylie
Kenardy, Justin
Journal name Eating behaviors
Volume number 3
Issue number 3
Season Autumn
Start page 205
End page 216
Publisher Pergamon
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2002
ISSN 1471-0153
Keyword(s) eating disorder
ethnicity
acculturation
women
sociocultural influences
Summary A study was conducted to investigate associations between ethnicity and acculturation status and risk factors for eating disorders among young adult women. A community sample of 14,779 women aged 18–23 completed a comprehensive mail-out survey, which incorporated questions on country of birth, length of time spent in Australia, body weight, weight dissatisfaction, dieting, binge eating, and compensatory disordered eating behaviours. Results showed that risk factors for eating disorders were present across a range of ethnic groups. Further, a strong acculturation effect was observed, such that the longer the time spent in Australia, the more women reported weight-related values and behaviours similar to those of Australian-born women. Results challenge claims that risk factors for disordered eating are restricted to Caucasian females in Western societies. Implications for understanding ethnic and sociocultural influences on body weight, dieting, and disordered eating are considered.
Language eng
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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