Body image and body change strategies among adolescent males and females from Fiji, Tonga and Australia

McCabe, Marita P., Ricciardelli, Lina, Waqa, Gade, Goundar, Ramneek and Fotu, Kalasita 2009, Body image and body change strategies among adolescent males and females from Fiji, Tonga and Australia, Body image, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 299-303.

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Title Body image and body change strategies among adolescent males and females from Fiji, Tonga and Australia
Author(s) McCabe, Marita P.
Ricciardelli, Lina
Waqa, Gade
Goundar, Ramneek
Fotu, Kalasita
Journal name Body image
Volume number 6
Issue number 4
Start page 299
End page 303
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2009-09
ISSN 1740-1445
1873-6807
Keyword(s) body dissatisfaction
Fiji
increase weight
lose weight
Tonga
muscles
Summary The current study was designed to investigate the body image and body change strategies of adolescents from Fiji, Tonga and Australia. Participants were 628 Fijians, 463 Indo-Fijians, 598 Tongans and 535 European Australians. Adolescents completed measures of height, weight, body dissatisfaction, strategies to lose weight, increase weight and increase muscles. The results demonstrated that overweight adolescents were more dissatisfied with their bodies than those who were normal weight. Overweight Fijians and Tongans were more satisfied with their body than Indo-Fijian or Australian adolescents. Tongans, followed by Fijians and Indo-Fijians, were more likely to engage in strategies to lose weight, increase weight and increase muscles. These results are consistent with the focus in Fiji and Tonga on the value of the large body ideal, but may also reflect the recent focus on the attainment of a healthy body size.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019504

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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