Body image and body change strategies among Tongan adolescents in Tonga and New Zealand
McCabe, Marita P., Fotu, Kalesita, Mavoa, Helen and Faeamani, Gavin 2010, Body image and body change strategies among Tongan adolescents in Tonga and New Zealand, New Zealand medical journal, vol. 123, no. 1326, pp. 1-9.
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Aim : The aim of this study was to evaluate the body image and body change strategies of adolescents from Tonga, and Tongans who are resident New Zealand.
Method : In total, 598 Tongans from Tonga and 388 Tongans from New Zealand completed measures of body image, body change strategies and messages about their body. Results : Tongans in Tonga were more likely to receive positive messages about a larger body from adults at school, church and the media, and losing weight from the media. They were also more likely to adopt strategies to lose weight, increase weight and increase muscles.
Conclusion : The large body ideal appears to be still valued in Tonga, whereas Tongans also want to lose weight because of media messages to achieve a healthy body weight.
Field of Research
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective
920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified
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