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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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Title Body image and body change strategies among Tongan adolescents in Tonga and New Zealand
Author(s) McCabe, Marita P.
Fotu, Kalesita
Mavoa, Helen
Faeamani, Gavin
Journal name New Zealand medical journal
Volume number 123
Issue number 1326
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher New Zealand Medical Association
Place of publication Christchurch, New Zealand
Publication date 2010-11-26
ISSN 0028-8446
1175-8716
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, NZMA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30032566

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