Body image, weight loss and muscle building among Tongan adolescents in Tonga and New Zealand

McCabe, Marita, Fotu, Kalasita and Dewes, Ofa 2011, Body image, weight loss and muscle building among Tongan adolescents in Tonga and New Zealand, Journal of health psychology, vol. 16, no. 7, pp. 1101-1108.

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Title Body image, weight loss and muscle building among Tongan adolescents in Tonga and New Zealand
Author(s) McCabe, Marita
Fotu, Kalasita
Dewes, Ofa
Journal name Journal of health psychology
Volume number 16
Issue number 7
Start page 1101
End page 1108
Total pages 8
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011-10
ISSN 1359-1053
1461-7277
Keyword(s) adolescents
body image
increase muscles
lose weight
males and females
Tongans
Summary This study examined body image and associated behaviours among 48 adolescents (24 males, 24 females) in Tonga, as well as 48 Tongan adolescents (24 males, 24 females) living in New Zealand (NZ). There was a lack of focus on body weight and shape among adolescents in both countries. Males evidenced a high focus on muscles. Females wanted to lose weight and obtain a soft round body. There were very few differences in the body image or body change strategies of Tongan adolescents in Tonga or NZ. Sociocultural messages need to be explored further in order to better understand these findings.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920307 Pacific Peoples Health - Health Status and Outcomes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Sage
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042004

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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